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Disgruntled Hammanskraal residents blocked roads late into the night

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

FILE: Six people were injured in the attacks which are being investigated. Picture: @Arrive_Alive on Twitter.

PRETORIA - Residents of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, continued to block roads in the township late into the night as police patrolled the area following violent protests.

The City of Tshwane says yesterday's evictions in Hammanskraal that left two people dead were preceded by several engagements with residents.

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

A few pics of violent protests earlier in Hammanskraal #Riots #Hammanskraal #Pretoria pic.twitter.com/gqBypKKeqZ



Yesterday, officials from the city and a private contractor were accosted by angry residents who refused to move from the area.

Six people were injured in the attacks which are being investigated.

The city's Selby Bokaba says evicted residents ignored several calls for them to move.

"There've been a series of engagement between ourselves and them with a view to advising them that they need to vacate those parts of the land but when you tell people 'don't do that, this is wrong,' your appeals fall on deaf ears."

COPS INVESTIGATE MURDERS

Investigations are underway into the murder of the two people who were killed during clashes.

The two officials, who worked for a service provider carrying out the evictions, were allegedly burned to death by community members.

Tshwane Metro Police's Isaac Mahamba says, "There is a court order that has been obtained against them but now they are angry that we've demolished the shacks. We have decided to engage with the leaders and we are trying to find ways to resolve this situation."

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