Hammanskraal protests should be wake-up call - Mashaba

2016-05-25 18:13
Black Like Me founder and DA Joburg mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba, who grew up in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Black Like Me founder and DA Joburg mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba, who grew up in Hammanskraal. (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 - DA Johannesburg mayoral candidate and Hammanskraal homeboy Herman Mashaba has said what has been happening in Hammanskraal over the past few days should be a wake-up call for South Africans.

Incidents like this should make people realise "that we need change and we can't live like this forever", he said on Wednesday.

"The 3rd of August is the perfect time for that change," he said, referring to the local government elections.

He was in the township with DA Gauteng chairperson Solly Msimanga for a prayer service following days of violent protests.

Violence broke out in the area on Monday when employees of the Red Ants security company, Saps and Tshwane Metro Police arrived to demolish shacks and evict residents.

Two employees from a security company, reported to have been contracted to the Tshwane Metro, 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 the leadership of the Temba police station and an agreement was reportedly reached to halt evictions in the area until a meeting could be convened with all the necessary stakeholders.

Mashaba said what happened in the area was very sad.

"I'm here to express my solidarity with the people of Temba and Hammanskraal. I was born and raised here. For me when such things happen, I don't feel good. It's sad that 22 years into democracy, when we are supposed to be living in a country that affords citizens opportunities, but that does not happen."

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