Red Ants pounce on Roodepoort residents

Red Ants pounce on Roodepoort residents

Tensions ran high in Roodeport, west of Johannesburg, on Wednesday where at least 2000 people were evicted for illegally occupying a government housing project. 

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Red Ants, police and metro cops were all part of the operation. 

It’s understood the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) were also been sent in for reinforcement. 

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says the residents will have to find their own alternative accommodation.  

"At least 2000 individuals had to be evicted from Fleurhof flats for having occupied the flats illegally.

“The finding of alternative accommodation will not apply in this instance because the eviction was done after the immediate occupation.” 

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Rubber bullets were also used to disperse some gathering groups. 

Similar evictions have taken place in other parts of Gauteng, as well as Cape Town where law enforcement officials demolished illegally-built shacks in Khayelitsha.

Previously, government has urged officials to exercise caution when evicting anyone during the Covid-19 lockdown. 

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