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Tshwane continues with forced removals in Hammanskraal, to avoid 'bad precedent'

The City of Tshwane says that it wants to avoid setting a precedent for the illegal occupation of land, despite violent protests in Hammanskraal.

According to the City, land occupied by protesting residents in Hammanskraal belongs to the Kekana royal family.

Tensions remain high after two people were killed and several others wounded during protests against the removal of their informal settlements from the area known as Sekampaneng.

According to Mayoral spokesman Blessing Manale, the royal family sought the court order to have the residents removed.

Manale explains that the City has a duty to effect the order and has contracted the Red Ants security company to remove the shacks.

Unfortunately, it is necessary that we nip these things in the bud. Otherwise, we have a sprawl of illegal land occupations, both private and public. It will create a state of lawlessness.

Blessing Manale, spokesperson for the mayor of Tshwane

Manale says that the City will provide transitional accommodation for vulnerable residents facing eviction.

Meanwhile, Red Ants Chief Operations Officer Fuzile Balintulo says it remains unclear whether the two casualties in Hammanskraal belonged to the council or another security company.

Balintulo explains how members are trained to deal with conflict situations and describes how the unit operates.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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