Hammanskraal evictions suspended - Mashatile

2016-05-25 20:21
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - Evictions in Hammanskraal have been suspended and those affected will get their materials back, Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile said on Wednesday.

Having been given a history of the problem, he said he understood that people were under the impression that they were allowed to live on the land.

"We thought we should not be punitive in a situation where people really believed that they were not doing anything wrong to be on those pieces of land," he said.

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

Two employees from a security company 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 reached to halt evictions until all those affected had met.

Mashatile said a committee would be set up to investigate the matter. It would include mayoral committee members Joshua Ngonyama, Terence Mashigo, makgoshi (chiefs), residents, and his department.

The committee would look at who was in the area and removed and then let them return. It would meet at the local municipal office on Friday morning.

"They will ensure that no one else comes in. They know the numbers, about 3500 shacks in the area. We don't want the shacks to mushroom, so the community will help us to secure the place so that when we start with development, they get the preference," said Mashatile.

He and Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa would meet the Kekana royal house as they owned some of the land.

The Kenana, Suurman, and Sekampaneng informal settlements in Hammanskraal were on the disputed land.

"We will need to talk to them about how we develop the area together with them. Some of the people are saying they were put into that area by representatives  of the royal  family, so they feel it's unfair that they are now being evicted. That's why the evictions have been suspended.”

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