Buses torched in Atteridgeville protest

2017-07-12 09:59
One of the buses torched in Atteridgeville. (Supplied)

One of the buses torched in Atteridgeville. (Supplied)

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Pretoria - Two buses were torched and a third was damaged in Brazzaville in Atteridgeville, Tshwane, during protests about housing which saw more that 150 residents take to the streets on Tuesday afternoon. 

Roads were blockaded and buses belonging to the Atteridgeville Bus Service were torched and damaged. 

Tshwane police spokesperson Constable Tumisang Moloto said no injuries had been reported and no arrests had been made.

"Police will continue to monitor and assess the situation," said Moloto. 

After damaging the buses, the protesting residents allegedly also tried to illegally occupy RDP houses in the area on Tuesday evening.

The protest, which continued into the night, emanated from issues over new housing developments at Extension Six, which resulted in evictions.

Around 150 residents, who were behaving in a "disruptive and disorderly manner", tried to Occupy vacant RDP houses in the area, Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said.

"TMPD had to move swiftly to crack down on the group that wanted to illegally occupy RDP houses last night.

"The city expresses complete disapproval of the actions by this deviant group that has now robbed the community of transportation service.

"In addition, actions of anarchy will not be tolerated, as the targeted houses are meant for beneficiaries that qualify and had applied for them," Mahamba said.

On Wednesday morning, members of TMPD and SAPS were deployed to area to monitor the situation, which appeared to have calmed from the previous night.

Police said there were no protesters on the streets on Wednesday morning.

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