Hammanskraal evictions on hold amid violent protest action
The Red Ants have been contracted to remove shacks in the troubled township.
PRETORIA - The Red Ant Security Services says it's waiting for the go-ahead from authorities about whether evictions in Hammanskraal will continue this morning after a day of violence which saw two people killed and several others wounded.
The Red Ants have been contracted to remove shacks, which Tshwane officials say were illegally built on the municipality's land.
The security company says the two men who were murdered are not employed by the company.
Tensions remain high in the area after residents vowed to continue their violent protest.
#Hammanskraal Bosch: My staff removed about 2 000 structures. As they were trying to off-load the structures, metro buses came in.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 24, 2016
The security services' CEO, Johan Bosch, says his staff had to intervene to save six people from another security company from the angry mob yesterday.
As protests continue today, residents say they want government to address their grievances.
Police remain on high alert and are patrolling the township.
Meanwhile, Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile has called for calm.
"I'm very concerned about what's happening in Hammanskraal, particularly the violence. I want to call for restraint in the area. The police must assist to bring calm (sic) ."