Soldiers build bridge after flash flood kills six children in Matatiele

Mapisa-Nqakula said on Saturday that an assessment team had already been sent to Matatiele.

“The decision was taken following a number of requests to the minister of defence and military veterans for assistance by the affected communities.

“Subsequently, the South African Army’s Engineer Corps has put together a team that will make a determination as to what should be done in aid of the people … over and above the bridge to be constructed.

“This team of engineers has been building bridges in the rural Eastern Cape for a while now, therefore share a special bond with the northern part of the Eastern Cape.”

The children who lost their lives were in grade R and grade 2 at Popopo Primary in Popopo village, and were on their way home to Freystata.

Popopo Primary principal Karabo Hantsi fought back tears as he spoke to the Daily Dispatch at the river. “I am devastated to lose six children at once. This is such a disaster. The entire school community is in shock and in mourning.”

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