Etwatwa land invaders leave peacefully - cops

2016-01-31 15:15
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Johannesburg - A group of land invaders in Etwatwa on Sunday agreed to leave peacefully after the Red Ants were called onto the scene, said the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department. 

"Finally, they are removing their shacks," said EMPD spokesperson Clifford Shongwe. 

The group, mostly dressed in EFF T-shirts and berets, had arrived at Extension 34 in Etwatwa on Saturday to occupy land close to the Sentrarand Transnet Depot.

Members of the metro police department as and the SA Police Service were called to the scene, but the group had refused to move on Saturday, claiming they been waiting for houses for a very long time, said Shongwe. 

"As [the] Red Ants arrived, the community started to sing protest songs and becoming violent. Police prepared to protect Red Ants as the land invaders wanted to fight Red Ants. Seeing that police would not allow any violence, their leaders in red T-shirts decided they should remove shacks," Shongwe said.

Law enforcement officers monitored the situation as the land occupiers took down their shacks and removed their belongings.

Most of the structures had been taken down by 13:30.

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