South Africa 26.11.2014 02:03 pm

Nellmapius shack dwellers protest against evictions

FILE PICTURE: Police remove rocks and burning tyres from the road which enraged residents lit  in an attempted landgrab at Nellmapius on 12 November 2014. Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PICTURE: Police remove rocks and burning tyres from the road which enraged residents lit in an attempted landgrab at Nellmapius on 12 November 2014. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Road signs and traffic lights were destroyed as people protested against the dismantling of shacks built illegally on government land in Nellmapius, the Tshwane metro police said on Wednesday.

“The protesters gathered very early in the morning and burnt tyres along Solomon Mahlangu Drive,” said Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba.

“Road signs and some traffic lights were destroyed before police arrived.”

Large groups of people converged in Nellmapius two weeks ago demanding they be given free land to build their own houses.

The City of Tshwane then obtained a court interdict prohibiting the occupation of the land.

Mahamba said the road had been cleared.

“Police are keeping an eye on activities in the area,” he said.

No one was arrested and no injuries were reported.

 

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