At least 5 arrested in Hammanskraal violence, protests continue

Residents of Hammanskraal are back on the streets this morning, to protest against evictions.

Protests against forced evictions are continuing into a second day in Hammanskraal and two people have been killed in the clashes. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - Police have arrested five people in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, after more violence erupted overnight over evictions in the township.

Two people, believed to be members of the Red Ants, were killed during clashes with the community yesterday while six others were injured.

The City of Tshwane says at least 16,000 people have been illegally occupying land in an area known as Sekampaneng.

#Hammanskraal Protests against forced evictions are continuing into a second day in Hammanskraal. VM

Plumes of black smoke can once again be seen as residents continue their protest action against forced removals.

Earlier, a group of men barricaded roads and threatened motorists, forcing them to turn around. A bus was also torched in the area.

#Hammanskraal Residents have barricaded roads, intimidating motorists, forcing them to turn around. VM

Residents say they'll continue protesting until there are no more evictions in the area.

The police's Tsekiso Mofokeng says five people have been arrested.

"We have deployed our members and the Tshwane Metro Police are on site."

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Meanwhile, a journalist was threatened with a gun while taking pictures during protest action this morning.

The reporter's recording device and cellphone were taken away from him. He was rescued by residents who forced the gun wielding man to put his firearm down.

Journalist Moloko Moloto said he was traumatised after having had a gun pointed at him.

"It is a very terrifying feeling and I begged for my life. I could see that the man was not in his senses. I don't know what would have happened had it not been for the locals."

A police nyala can be seen patrolling the street and many protesters have dispersed into smaller pockets in the township.