The streets of Windsor East were painted red yesterday as the all too familiar outfits of the Red Ant Security Services moved into evict residents from flats.
In an early morning operation on 17 April, the Red Ants broke down doors flat by flat, emptying every last scrap of furniture, clothes and electronics from the dwellings, Randburg Sun reports.
According to Linden police’s Captain Alex Vermaak, the high court ordered residents of 70 flats in 19 buildings in the Windsor East area to be evicted.
He added residents were given a prior warning about the evictions well in advance on 9 April.
“Tenants failed to comply with their rental contracts … The occupants have been paying their rent into the account of the Windsor Community Recovery Movement, which the court found to not be in order,” said Vermaak.
The Randburg Sun reported last year that the movement had been accused of intimidating landlords and non-member tenants. It was also reported last year that the movement’s leader, Amos Maruping had confirmed that they had been taken to the High Court for cases of intimidation
A resident who did not wish to be named for fear of further victimisation said: “I pay my rent regularly and this is not fair… Where am I supposed to sleep tonight?”
Other bystanders did not share the same viewpoint. One resident who also wished to remain anonymous said: “This is good. If I don’t pay my rent, then I will be evicted, so these people have not paid and they must go.”
Details: Linden police 011 888 9299