National 23.8.2016 06:06 pm

‘Third force behind illegal Mamelodi house occupations’

A Red Ant is seen beating a protester after police opened fire with rubber bullets and flash bang grenades in Extension 4 Mamelodi, 23 August 2016, Tshwane. Picture: Jacques Nelles

A Red Ant is seen beating a protester after police opened fire with rubber bullets and flash bang grenades in Extension 4 Mamelodi, 23 August 2016, Tshwane. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Most of the residents wrote their names or surnames on the walls of the houses to suggest they were now the new owners.

A “third force” is allegedly behind the illegal occupation of newly built houses and the eviction of people in Mamelodi/Nellmapius and Mabopane.

A source who asked not to be named told The Citizen that this is allegedly an attempt to make Pretoria ungovernable by first making the people believe they have new houses and land and then subsequently taking it away from them.

He said yesterday’s forced evacuation of residents in Extension 4 in Mamelodi / Nellmapius was orchestrated by this “third force”.

The police and the Red Ants kicked and beat unarmed residents and the police shouted at photographers to “voetsek” when they tried to take pictures.

They also fired rubber bullets at a small group of residents and a journalist who was busy with interviews, scattering them in all directions.

Also read: Cops shoot at the media in Mamelodi

One of the people who was being interviewed is Sammy Ndou. He was left bleeding from the head. Another person was shot in the arm.

An urgent meeting was held on Tuesday with new Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga and his team to discuss matters surrounding the illegal occupation and evacuation of residents in Mamelodi. While they were in this meeting, there was another evacuation in Mabopane, north of Pretoria.

The source told The Citizen that there was a private meeting held hours after Msimanga and council members were sworn in on Friday. Soon after this alleged meeting residents in Mamelodi  got word that they could move into these new houses. They were handed keys and started moving in the same day.

Most of the residents wrote their names or surnames on the walls of the houses to indicate who was occupying it.

According to the source, on the same night, an order was given by a former member of the MEC’s office of safety and security to evacuate these people and make them believe Msimanga gave the order.

“Caroline Rokoma (44) said they heard by word of mouth on Friday that they could move in.

“I have been waiting for a house since 1996 while people who had applied in 2000 are already in houses. I blame the ANC; that is why I voted EFF,” she said.

Leader of the Youth Land Community in Mamelodi, Dumisani Zulu, told reporters they were ANC members and had gotten keys to unlock the houses and occupy them.

“This is ANC land and we should be the occupants of these houses.”

He said the houses were built under the governance of the ANC and those who voted for the ANC must have first-access privileges.

Donald Mazimbuku said: “We need Mayor Msimanga to come and address us. The Reds Ants and police are fighting with us. We will fight back and it will be harsh. We voted for the DA; I voted for them. They must deliver now,” he said.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the police would only comment if cases are brought against their police officers.

 

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