Tyres are burnt as residents resist eviction

2013-11-19 00:00

MORE than 30 marked police vehicles, including a water cannon and at least two Casspirs, were deployed to the River View housing estate in Cato Manor yesterday.

The exercise was to execute an eviction court order against the tenants for non-payment of rent. Two trucks and a number of bakkies fully loaded with private security personnel were deployed to the area. Public order police and their Metro counterparts were also at the scene. The situation worsened when residents set fire to tyres that had been doused with petrol and police used water cannons to extinguish the flames.

Later, tenants, most wearing ANC T-shirts, were chanting slogans in support of current and former ANC leaders. When Human Settlement legal adviser Linda Zama took the loud hailer, order was restored with tenants listening tentatively. As it became clear that the rule of law would be respected, disappointment was written all over the protesters’ faces as they were told that they must go to their units to allow the eviction process to run smoothly.

Zama painstakingly explained to them that the court order stands, and that in the previous two meetings held between all concerned, it was advised that tenants should vacate the premises.

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