Illegal residents evicted

2015-07-08 06:00
THE Red Ant Security and Eviction Services had 800 members ready to ensure that the eviction of illegal residents on municipal ground was done in an organised manner.

THE Red Ant Security and Eviction Services had 800 members ready to ensure that the eviction of illegal residents on municipal ground was done in an organised manner.

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THE Red Ant Security and Eviction Services was an intimidating sight on 1 and 2 July during the mass evictions that took place in Mapoteng, near Kathu.

The Red Ants were hired to assist the illegal occupants of municipal land to remove their shacks and belongings and ensure that the eviction took place in a peaceful and organised manner.

At least a 100 residents who illegally occupied the field across from the Mapoteng informal township have been evicted in a mass action of the Gamagara Municipality.

The Gamagara Municipality recently obtained a court order to remove the illegal squatters from the municipal land.

According to Nthuzi Dungira, a South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) representative and spokesman for the Mapoteng community, at least two evicted people had to be taken to the local clinic with injuries during the eviction process.

No other serious injuries were reported during the eviction.

Members of the Kathu police, Traffic Department and local private security companies also oversaw the mass evictions.

Although their occupancy of the municipal land was illegal, many community members are now homeless during the winter nights to follow.

“I have six children and we have nowhere to stay. We will have to sleep outside tonight and I don’t know what the future has in store for us,” said Sanna Portman, a former illegal squatter. The evicted community members will now have to relocate and start over within the existing established Mapoteng Township limits

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