Two killed in eviction clashes in Hammanskraal

It’s understood that the clashes took place before lunchtime today, however, the situation is now calm.

FILE: Police have urged the public not to take the law into their own hands. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - The police have confirmed that at least two people have been killed in clashes between the community and employees of a security company hired to evict them from a piece of land in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.

It's understood that the clashes took place before lunchtime today, however, the situation is now calm.

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The police's Tsekiso Mofokeng says the Tshwane Municipality conducted an operation to remove shacks erected illegally on a piece of land.

"Two companies were contracted to do that. Upon arrival on the area, they were approached and got into a fight with the community members and unfortunately two members were fatally wounded."

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Mofokeng says more people may have been injured in the confrontation and has appealed on anyone with information to come forward.

He has urged the public not to take the law into their own hands.

TMPD CONDEMNS HAMMANSKRAAL EVICTIONS VIOLENCE

The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) has condemned the killing of two people during violent protests in Hammanskraal.

The department has sent its condolences to the families of two people burnt to death.

The police's Isaac Mahamba says violence is never the solution.

"The members of the community just mobbed against the police and the service providers. So we decided to withdraw but unfortunately [some] of the people that were with us, specifically from the service provider, were left behind hence they were injured."