Virginia Keppler
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8 Nov 2016
6:05 am

Tshwane acts against squatters, demolishes 950 shacks

Virginia Keppler

EFF supporters claimed they had every right to be there.

An angry resident is seen gesturing after their homes were destroyed during an eviction, 7 November 2016, Brazzaville, Atteridgeville. Picture: Jacques Nelles

While EFF leader Julius Malema stood in the dock yesterday morning over utterances he had made regarding land invasion, his party’s supporters were left livid in Tshwane.

About 950 shacks in Brazzaville township in Atteridgeville were demolished because residents had illegally occupied the area. EFF supporters claimed they had every right to be there.

They became angry when their shacks were demolished and some of their building materials were taken away. Residents burned tyres and blocked the road off with stones and debris.

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Police had to fire rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. City of Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the current administration would not entertain illegal land invasion.

“Not so long ago, the illegal occupants invaded private land in Danville,” Mashigo said.

“They have now unlawfully settled on the sport grounds in Atteridgeville.”

He said they had requested residents to provide proof of the transactions they claimed the “councillor did with regards to the selling of land. To date, no concrete evidence has been presented.”

Mashigo said demolitions would continue on all invaded land around the city. On Friday, people were removed from Eerstefabriek in Mamelodi.

“The city has time and again asked residents to give it a chance to address their housing challenges in a formal and sustainable way,” Mashigo said.