Valeska Abreu
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23 May 2016
4:51 pm

Two killed in Hammanskraal protest

Valeska Abreu

At least two people have been killed during a violent protest in Hammanskraal north of Pretoria, as the area descended into a war zone.

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

It’s understood the two men were service providers of the Red Ants who had entered the area earlier on Monday morning to enforce an eviction order issued by the court to the City of Tshwane.

The Red Ants were met with angered community members who spared no one and started battling each other.

Horror pictures and videos soon surfaced on social media of people being set alight, charred bodies, roads barricaded with burning buses and other rubble strewn across the road.

Locals are refusing to be evicted from a section of land near the Jubillee Mall which the city said they had illegally occupied.

Mayoral spokesperson Blessing Manale said eviction notices were issued last week and the Red Ants moved in for the demolition of the shacks on Monday.

Its understood the illegal settlement had sprung up in February and has grown at an alarming rate, with authorities unable to give an accurate tally of the number of families affected by the eviction.

“Violence has no place in our society. It is a sad day indeed that we are witnessing loss of lives by our own brothers. Families are being robbed of fathers, brothers, and sons because of extremists hell-bent on breaking the law and destroying everything in their paths,” Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said.

By late afternoon on Monday smoke continued to fill the air as police were involved in running battles with protesters.