David Matsena
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23 May 2016
1:54 pm

Three buses torched in Pretoria anti-eviction protest

David Matsena

Violence broke out as people illegally occupying land in Hammanskraal resisted being removed.

Violence has broken out in Hammanskraal as alleged illegal occupants of land protest their evictions. Picture: Rekord North

Three buses have been set alight in Hammanskraal, Pretoria during an anti-eviction protest on Monday.

Police spokesperson Constable Herman Moremi said violence broke out as people occupying the land illegally resisted being removed.

Moremi added buses were burnt and cars stoned as angry protesters took to the streets, Rekord North reported.

“Their shacks were illegally erected in different areas of Suurman, Kanana, Sekampaneng and near the Jubilee Mall. Red Ants security guards were then dispatched to the area to remove people from their shacks,” he said.

“Right now, the situation is under control. Several people have been arrested and detained at Temba police station. We are keeping a close watch,” Moremi said.

Moremi advised motorists to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

More to come.

– Caxton News Service