'It's painful what they did to me' - evicted Hammanskraal resident

2016-05-24 16:14
Black smoke bellowing over Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Black smoke bellowing over Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - An unemployed man living in Kanana, Hammanskraal has shared his hopelessness following the demolishing of his shack.

Daniel Mulaudzi, 53, said security company Red Ants came to their area on Monday and demolished houses.

"They were wearing blue overalls. We thought they wouldn't do anything as we are legal here. They started shooting at us and demolished our shacks. We were standing and not doing anything," he said.

Sitting on a couch where his shack once was, he told of the pain he felt as he watched people tear down his home and make off with some of his belongings. Mulaudzi said he was unemployed and did not know how he would rebuild his life.

Slept in the cold

"It's painful what they did to me. I don't even have corrugated steel to even rebuild. I'm unemployed and don't know what I will do to rebuild. I slept out in the cold because we have nowhere to go. They must return our material. They even took things from our bags. Clothes, money even our ID books were taken," he said.

Mulaudzi told of how he and his family spent the night out in the open. Apart from his building material having been taken, he is now gripped by fear of losing his furniture to theft.

"We sat in front of a fire the entire night to keep warm because if we leave they will take our belongings. We have been living here for 5 months. They said it was legal for people to live here, which is when we moved in. We were surprised to see them removing us," he said.

Many parts of the township are still no go area with roads barricaded with debris. Police are keeping an eye on the situation while a small group has marched to the local council offices in Temba.

What remains of Daniel Mulaudzi's shack. (Karabo Ngoepe)

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