It's the mayor's fault, DA says of Hammanskraal violence

2016-05-24 18:56

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Pretoria - The violent protests in Hammanskraal are Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa’s fault, the DA said on Tuesday. 

"The housing crisis at the root of these protests is a direct result of Ramokgopa’s failure to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable residents in our city have the chance to get the houses and land they deserve,” DA Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga said in a statement.

He called for allegations that ANC councillors were involved in the corrupt allocation of government houses to be investigated.

Residents started protesting on Monday when the Red Ants security company arrived to carry out an eviction order.

Two Red Ants employees were killed and several injured. Roads were blocked with rocks and burning tyres and cars and buses were set alight.

Msimanga said rhetoric from radical parties that could incite further violence and result in more people being killed should not be tolerated. 

“Instead we must seek a lasting solution to this housing crisis of Ramokgopa and the ANC’s making.”

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