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Relative calm restored in Hammanskraal

2016-06-22 07:30
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Pretoria - The charred shells of burnt out busses that blockade Molefe Makinta Highway in Hammanskraal are a grim reminder of days of civil unrest in the nation’s capital.

A semblance of normality returned to the settlement on Wednesday morning with people moving unhindered, a far cry from the state of lockdown just 24 hours before.

Hammanskraal was considered a flashpoint for the violent backlash against the announcement of the ANC’s preferred mayoral candidate for Tshwane, KwaZulu-Natal-born Thoko Didiza.

The highway, which stretches the length of the township, bears the marks of protest action with rocks and burnt debris littering the roadside.

Police are on high alert following the spate of violence in the Tshwane metro.

On Tuesday busses were torched and police were stretched thin to quell mass looting of malls and shops owned by foreign nationals in the townships.

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