Tshwane mayor to visit Hammanskraal over violent protest

Tshwane mayor to visit Hammanskraal over violent protest

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramakgopa, plans on visiting Hammanskraal on Tuesday. 

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Photo: Maryke Vermaak, JacarandaFM News

The situation remained tense in the area, north of Pretoria, where violence erupted on Monday after illegally built shacks were demolished.


"Yesterday people slept outside, think of how cold it is. People sleep outside with their kids. The premier must come, it's very serious," a resident said.


Ramakgopa's spokesperson, Blessing Manale admitted they were very concerned about the situation.


"We are also looking into a series of community meetings to try and resolve the situation so that we can contain it. The situation is still tense and we've actually sent in members of our metro police and the South African Police Service to stabilise the situation ahead of those community visits," Manale said.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng MEC for Co-operative Governance, Paul Mashatile, said they were still investigating the circumstances that led to yesterday's violence.


"Allegations are they're about ANC councillors, but we have to investigate and we will then respond," Mashatile said.


Five people have been arrested in connection with the violent protest and damage to property.


Two security guards were killed and three injured.   

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