Ekstein: Usuthu has compassion for KZN flood victims

Hendrick Ekstein of AmaZulu during the AmaZulu Training at Kings Park, in Durban on 22 April 2022 Β© Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC midfielder Hendrick Ekstein says the club had to show its compassion for the victims of the KwaZulu-Natal floods.

It is estimated that more than 40,000 people have been left homeless in the second-most populous province in the country.

Many roads, public infrastructure, and homes were severely damaged because of heavy rains that battered the province earlier this month.

Ekstein was among AmaZulu players and officials who handed out food parcels in Umzinyathi north of Durban and Tehuis Hostel in Umlazi late last week.

This is part of the club’s flood relief drive in Durban alongside its sponsors Spar and Mitsu Motors.

“We came here as AmaZulu to hand out food parcels because of what helped here in Durban. It is an unfortunate thing which affected the people staying here,” Ekstein said.

“As AmaZulu we decided to give them what we have. It might not be enough, but at least we came here and left something for the families that have been affected by the floods.

“So, what we are saying to them (families affected by the floods) is that we have compassion for you and we will always assist in such situations.”

Tehuis provides shelter to some families whose houses (informal dwellings) along Umlazi River were washed away in the floods.

About 700 people are being housed there. Residents of Umzinyathi are mourning the loss of 10 members of the family who died due to the natural disaster.