I will have sleepless nights for a while - Hammanskraal teen

2016-05-23 20:58
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Pretoria – A Hammanskraal teenager said he was traumatised by the sight of two corpses and the violence that followed an eviction in the area on Monday.

“I was very scared. The one body that I saw looked burnt and the other was badly beaten. It was very traumatising. I will have sleepless nights for a while,” said the 17-year-old, who did not want to be named.

He was about to board a bus in the morning when the violence broke out.

“I was going to take a bus and suddenly a man very harshly told the driver to turn around because it was about to get more violent. I saw some of the violence, but I went home early.”

He said nobody should have to see such extreme violence.

Buses were set alight and cars stoned as locals protested over the removal of illegally erected shacks near the Jubilee Mall, police spokesperson Constable Herman Moremi said.

The area was on “total lockdown” and “on fire”, said residents, who did not want to be named.

Police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng confirmed that two people were killed and several others injured.

He appealed to the injured to report what had happened.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said he was concerned by the violence, loss of property, and human rights violations when evictions were carried out.

Even “ungovernable citizens” should be treated with respect rather than punished, he said.

He criticised "some political parties" for inciting vulnerable groups to defy court orders.

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