WATCH | Cape storm hits homeless hard, closes high school and roads

13 July 2020 - 13:22
By Anthony Molyneaux

Solomon dragged his broken wet tent behind him after a brutal storm hit Cape Town in the early hours of Monday morning. 

"My bed is messed up, my tent is messed up. I don't know what I'm going to do now because I have no stuff to cover myself," said Solomon, who sleeps in a parking lot near the Good Hope Centre.

The cold front was accompanied by warnings from the SA Weather Service of gale force winds of up 100km/h along the coast between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas, spreading to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile in Nomzamo, a high school was partially destroyed by gale force winds. 

"The pupils and staff at [Nomzamo High] school have been dismissed for safety reasons," said Bronagh Hammond, Western Cape education department spokesperson.

"There is debris lying around which could be a risk. The extent of the damages and costs are not yet known. We need to ensure the debris is removed or cordoned off securely."