MEC Mashatile awaiting report on Hammanskraal protest

2016-05-24 10:56

Johannesburg - Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile says he is awaiting a report from the City of Tshwane regarding violent protests which are now in their second day in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.

"We are investigating and we are awaiting reports from the City of Tshwane to find out what the issues are, then we will issue a statement afterwards," Mashatile told reporters during a governance and planning cluster briefing at the Gauteng Legislature on Tuesday.

Residents are continuing their protest against being evicted from Sekampaneng, a township inside Hammanskraal. On Monday, the protests took a violent turn when two members of the Red Ants, a security company, were killed and six others were injured.

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The Red Ants, dressed in their red overalls, had started demolishing the residents' shacks after the City of Tshwane obtained a court order.

Mashatile said historically there had always been an increase in protests during election years, however he was confident that the matter would be dealt with swiftly through the province's Ntirhisano Service Delivery System programme.

He said the programme had already done a lot to reduce the number of protests in the province.

"I think if we didn't have that programme the situation would be far worse.

"With the Nthirisano programme I am confident that we will continue to reduce acts of protest in communities... We are confident that it is working," he said.

On Tuesday morning, protesters again took to the streets blocking roads and burning tyres. They vowed to continue until they were addressed either by Gauteng Premier David Makhura or Tshwane Mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa.  

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