“This obviously caused serious alarm for volunteers, who questioned the officials about their intentions, where the parcels were being taken and on whose authority. The officials allegedly failed to provide adequate answers to the community volunteers. A call was placed to the chairperson of the Durban North Residents Association.”
De Boer questioned why officials were instructed to enter private property and load donations specifically earmarked for use by rescue crews.
“On whose authority were the officials instructed to travel to Virginia Airport to load the donations? If the officials were genuinely there to collect other donations, why did they not make enquiries to establish where those donations were? If the municipality believes the rescue packs belong to the city, why did they return them?
“Perhaps it was a case of miscommunication, but surely courteous dialogue from the outset would have helped establish what belongs to who.
“There are many questions and answers that need to be ventilated in this matter. It won’t be left to go away.”
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