Protesters return with burning tyres to Hammanskraal's streets

2016-05-24 07:54
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - Hammanskraal residents took to the streets again on Tuesday, continuing their protests by blockading roads with burning tyres and rocks.

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Police are still busy patrolling the streets with residents running off whenever a nyala approached them.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said five people had been arrested on Monday night.

"Five suspects have been arrested following yesterday's incident in Hammanskraal. The suspects have been charged with public violence and damage to property, they will appear at court soon. Investigations continue," said Mofokeng.

Residents have vowed to continue their protest against being evicted from Sekampangeng, a township inside Hammanskraal.

The protests took a violent turn on Monday when two people were killed and six others injured.

Residents demand to see premier or mayor

Two members of the Red Ants, a security company, were killed when residents protested their eviction. The Red Ants, dressed in their red overalls, had started demolishing the residents' shacks after the City of Tshwane obtained a court order.

Tshwane Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said at the time that the residents began throwing stones and petrol bombs at the security company’s employees. Several vehicles were burned.

Cases of murder and malicious damage to property were opened.

On Tuesday morning, black smoke was bellowing over the township with most corners occupied by protesters.

Residents said they would only stop protesting if Gauteng Premier David Makhura or Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa came to address them. Schoolchildren in the area had resorted to walking to school as cars and taxis were being turned away from Harry Gwala road.  

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