JOHANNESBURG – At least two people have died in violent protests in Hammanskraal on Monday.
Unconfirmed reports emerging from the area indicate that more people may have been killed.
Residents in a section of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, started protesting in the morning over imminent evictions by the Red Ants, a security company sent to the area to remove illegal shacks.
“The people of greater Hammaskraal are fighting for land expropriation – it has been long enough. People are angry, hungry and people are landless,” said community leader Thabo Dlesa Tshesane.
Roads have reportedly been blocked and residents set several buses alight.
It’s understood clashes ensued between residents and the Red Ants earlier in the day.
“For how long must a black child be landless. Enough is enough. We spoke to the ward councillor and we have agreements from 2014 saying the community must stay here, but today we are surprised because he is singing a different song. We are going to fight until Jesus comes; we are going to protest until Jesus comes,” Thesane said.