EFF backs protesting Hammanskraal residents

2016-05-24 22:00
Fires during protests burn in Hammanskraal (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Fires during protests burn in Hammanskraal (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Johannesburg - The EFF on Tuesday said it supported Hammanskraal residents’ resistance to their eviction from land in the area.

The City of Tshwane should “retreat” and to provide them with housing and basic services, the party said in a statement.

Evictions were the sign of an uncaring, violent and an abusive government.

"In a country of high levels of destitution, landlessness and homelessness, it is unacceptable that a democratic government would employ the same tactics of forced removals as an illegitimate regime like apartheid," it added.

The EFF blamed Tshwane's leadership for allowing the situation to escalate and become violent. It should have found a better, human, way to resolve the problem.

Landlessness was a serious problem, particularly in Hammanskraal.

Two members of the Red Ants, a security company, were killed when residents tried to prevent them from carrying out an eviction order in Sekampangeng, a township in Hammanskraal. 

The land was apparently owned by a tribal chief, who had been trying since 2014 to get them off the property.

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