We want peace - protesting Hammanskraal residents

2016-05-24 20:49
Black smoke bellowing over Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

UPDATE: Crowd marches to municipal offices in Hammanskraal

2016-05-24 15:45

Residents in Hammanskraal marched to their local municipal offices around midday on Tuesday.WATCH

Pretoria - Protesting Hammanskraal residents say they want peace in their area and to be assured that their shacks will not be demolished again.

"We want to go back to work and for our children to go back to school," community leader Jakes Maleka said on Tuesday.

Maleka said the residents wanted the situation to return to normal, but that is could only happen if government promised not to remove them.

Residents and management of the Temba police station met on Tuesday to find an amicable solution to the violent protests.

Two Red Ants security company employees were killed in the violence on Monday when they came to carry out an eviction order.

He said neither Tshwane officials nor the tribal authority that reportedly applied for the eviction order had been able to speak to them.

"The chief of the place is not answering. He has people from the defence force guarding his home," Maleka claimed.

Maleka said residents wanted guarantees that they could live on the land permanently. He insisted they had been given permission to occupy the land where they had built their shacks.

There were two portions of land, one belonging to the municipality and the other, in Suurman, to the chief.

Maleka said an MEC and a city official had told residents that the land had been approved for occupation. 

In addition, they met the chief on February 18 and he had given approval for them to be on the land and elected a committee to allocate stands.

Maleka said because they had permission to be on the land, they were shocked to see Red Ants arrive. This was what had caused the violence.

He said they would try to restore calm, but be could not make guarantees.

"We don't know if this will escalate or calm down, but as leaders we will do our best to contain it. We understand the people's anger but violence is no way to solve problems," he said.

Police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said five people had been arrested, four for public violence and one for murder.

Read more on:    pretoria  |  protests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

5 top leg exercises for men

Here’s our selection of the five best leg exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content this holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.