ANC 'hijacked' Hammanskraal land - DA mayoral candidate

2016-05-25 16:46
Solly Msimanga. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Solly Msimanga. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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'Violence is never a solution' - DA visits Hammanskraal

2016-05-25 15:15

DA mayoral candidates in Gauteng visited the Hammanskraal community on Wednesday and attended a prayer service, following days of violence and unrest. Watch. WATCH

Pretoria – ANC officials had “hijacked” land in Hammanskraal, DA mayoral candidate in Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, said on Wednesday.

“It's unfortunate that the land that was earmarked for development was hijacked by ANC officials who then sold it to people at a price,” he told reporters.

The City of Tshwane needed to conduct a land audit to determine how much was available to provide space for people to live.

Msimanga was in the township for a prayer service after violence broke out in the township on Monday.

Employees of the Red Ants security company, SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police arrived to flatten people’s shacks and evict them.

Two Red Ants employees were killed and six injured in an altercation with the residents. Five people were arrested, one of them for murder.

Residents on Tuesday held a meeting with Temba police. An agreement was allegedly reached to halt evictions until all the affected parties had had a chance to meet.

Residents had told reporters that a ward councillor and a local chief had given them permission to occupy three pieces of land, something Msimanga said he had heard.

"It's a situation that has gone too far. We need to find a lasting solution. Officials and councillors must be held responsible for this," he said.

Harsh punishment

The ANC meanwhile said it would take the “harshest” disciplinary action against one of its councillors who was allegedly leading the protests in the area.

He had allegedly sold stands to residents, spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

"We think that is not the kind of councillor or leader of the ANC we want. We are considering taking the harshest decision ever against him because he has put the name of the organisation into disrepute," he told News24.

Kodwa said they expected many similar protests ahead of the August 3 local government elections because some councillors wanted to cling to power.

"When you lead you have to accept that there is going to be time to go and you can’t use communities to disrupt things. People die because of one individual who is misleading," he said.

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