Today's Big Stories

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:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Two people killed in Hammanskraal when the City removed illegal shacks

Two people killed in Hammanskraal when the City removed illegal shacks

Two employees working for the service provider contracted by the City to remove shacks of land illegaly occupied have been killed

Popular articles
Idols judge Unathi Nkayi gets intimate - opens up about money, beliefs about it

Idols judge Unathi Nkayi gets intimate - opens up about money, beliefs about it

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nkayi about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

News 24 investigative journalist Kyle Cowan reports that Zuma was granted the loan despite the fact that he could not afford it.

'The VhaVenda King is very pained by what happened to VBS and people's money'

'The VhaVenda King is very pained by what happened to VBS and people's money'

The VhaVenda King's spokesperson Mathivha Makonde says the King is calling on authorities to help him correct the wrong.

Journos provide fresh insights into the latest on state capture inquiry

Journos provide fresh insights into the latest on state capture inquiry

Journalists Karyn Maughan and Erin Bates provide insights into the state capture inquiry.

C-section births have nearly double since 2000 - study

C-section births have nearly double since 2000 - study

Professor Justus Hofmeyr says there are a number of reasons why the number of c-sections has doubled.

R10 million siphoned from VBS to Floyd Shivambu's personal account

R10 million siphoned from VBS to Floyd Shivambu's personal account

Top ANC officials, along with senior EFF members are among those being fingered in the scandal relating to more than R1 billion being siphoned out of VBS Mutual Bank.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.