Mashatile, Ramokgopa to visit troubled Hammanskraal area

2016-05-25 09:48
Tyres burn during the protests in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Tyres burn during the protests in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - The MEC of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile and Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa will visit the troubled area of Kanana in Hammanskraal following days of violent protests.

Mashatile's spokesperson Keith Khoza said the leaders would interact with residents during their visit.

"The visit by MEC Mashatile and Mayor Ramokgopa will include a walkabout and an interaction with the residents as part of finding solutions to end the service delivery protest that erupted in area.

MEC Mashatile also sends his condolences to the families and friends of the people who reportedly died during the protest," said Khoza.

The area resembled a war zone following evictions on Monday.

Violence broke out in the township when employees of the Red Ants security company, SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police arrived to demolish their shacks and evict them.

Two employees from a security company were reportedly killed and six injured in an altercation with the residents. Five people were arrested, one of them for murder.

Evictions halted

Residents on Tuesday held a meeting with the leadership of the Temba police station and an agreement to halt evictions in the area until a meeting could be convened with all the necessary stakeholders is said to have been reached.

Community leader Jakes Maleka said proposals were made, which they took to the residents.

Police said they would stop the evictions while the legal issues, including questions over the validity of an eviction notice, were being sorted out.

During the meeting, one resident took to the podium and said they wanted a permanent solution.

"They will get another court order and remove us. We want them to give us an assurance in writing that they will not move us," said the resident to loud applause and cheers.

Read more on:    paul mashatile  |  kgosientso ramokgopa  |  pretoria  |  land  |  housing  |  crime  |  protests

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