Red Ants clear Walmansthal site

In May, a court ordered that the squatters be removed from Walmansthal, north of Pretoria.

In May, a court ordered that the squatters be removed from Walmansthal, north of Pretoria.

PRETORIA - Tshwane Municipal officials on Tuesday enlisted the help of the Red Ants in dismantling shacks in Walmansthal, north of Pretoria.

Illegal squatters invaded the land, which was the subject of a land restitution claim several months ago.

In May, a court ordered that the informal dwellers be removed.

Dozens of the infamous Red Ants armed with crowbars hacked away at the corrugated iron and wood structures.

The rightful land owners, the Walmansthal Community Property, will be pleased with government's swift response.

The squatters claim they are the rightful owners of the property.

"Those are the graves of our forefathers," said resident Donald Mabena pointing to what he claims to be a burial site.

Authorities are expected to take several days to clear out the land.

Last month, Minister of Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti confirmed that desperate communities were sold stands that actually belonged to the state.

The minister said unscrupulous fraudsters sold stands back in September 2011.