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Claims of assault, sexual harassment at Tembisa evictions

Some people were injured by rubber bullets while others were allegedly beaten with crowbars in yesterday’s evictions.

Tembisa resident Mduduzi Mahlangu shows a rubber bullet wound inflicted by the Ekurhuleni Metro Police during a demolition operation where hundreds of illegal shacks were destroyed. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Ekurhuleni metro police are investigating claims of sexual harassment, assault and theft during evictions in Tembisa that were carried out by Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department officers and the red ants.

Hundreds of newly built shacks and structures were demolished yesterday after the City of Ekurhuleni issued the instruction to its newly set up land invasion unit.

Some people were injured by rubber bullets while others were allegedly beaten with crowbars.

Two women have told Eyewitness News that a group of men who were part of the eviction team barged into their shack and started sexually assaulting them while others demolished homes outside.

The one woman said: “He touched me all over and I screamed and they beat me.”

While the other said: “They came in the room and pushed the door and they wanted to rape me but they couldn’t because I ran out.”

A man says he was beaten with a crowbar.

“They beat me with a crowbar and a hammer. Someone missed me with a brick and tried to rob me.”

The Ekurhuleni Metro Police say they view these claims in a serious light and have launched an investigation.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)