Die rooi gevaar – daar uit die parlement wat beweer grondgrype vind nie plaas nie, oe-la-la wat maak hulle anders, dit word daagliks gedoen wat in onkenning leef – Do not live in denial. But if Ramaphosa said is not the truth – do you believe him? Recently Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa said that “Land Grabbing has not happened in South Africa?
An attempt to evict illegal squatters resulted in violent protest on Wednesday at Rust Ter Vaal in Vereeniging. Two people have been confirmed dead, according to SAPS spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo. Three others have been taken to hospital.
A member of the Red Ants, a security agency used to handle evictions, is one of the people killed, according to the Crime Air Network. Masondo said the Red Ants and the sheriff of the court were acting on a court order to remove shacks which were illegally erected. “It is alleged that, as the Red Ants were demolishing the shacks, a fight broke out with members of the community,” he said. Murder and attempted murder cases have been opened.
Approximately 100 people had invaded land that, according to a statement from the Emfuleni municipality, was dolomitic and unsuitable for habitation. The municipality said in a statement it had obtained a court order for the eviction. The land invasions had begun in recent weeks, and the local government approached the courts because it became necessary to “curb the mushrooming of structures on the land”. The R82, an arterial road linking Vereeniging with Johannesburg, was closed due to the public unrest, the municipality said.
A heavy presence of law enforcement is in the area and investigations are under way into the circumstances that led to the fatalities, said the Emfuleni statement. The municipality offered its condolences to the families of those who were killed, adding it would also open its own probe into the morning’s events.
This is a developing story.
This is the current situation in Rust-Ter-Vaal and they set the ANC ward councilor’s house on fire. They over powered the Red ants, where is SAPS now