Two killed in Hammanskraal protests said to be ‘red ants’

23 May 2016 - 19:33 By Julia Madibogo


The two men killed during violent protests in Hammanskraal north of Pretoria on Monday were members of the Red Ants security and eviction services. The men were killed by angry community members as they were demolishing shacks at the illegal Suurman and Kanana townships.Man set alight in protest near Pretoria‚ second struck in headTwo people have been killed in a violent community protest in Hammanskraal north of Pretoria‚ police confirmed on Monday. Police on Monday confirmed that the two men were killed during the protests. Police Warrant Officer Lolo Mangena said: "I can confirm that two people have been killed. One was hit with a blunt object at the back of his head while the other was set alight."One of the residents in the area who did not want to be identified said community members turned on the two men when they started demolishing their homes."We were trying to get them not to damage our homes but they continued to damage everything and that’s when the community turned on them and hit them with objects and burnt one of them‚" she said."My shack is also in the area. It’s not like we just came out of nowhere‚ we don’t have any other homes. This is where we leave and now they just want to remove us like that. Where do they want us to go?" she questioned.Violence broke out on Monday morning when protesters torched three buses and stoned cars in the area.Protesters are allegedly opposed to shack dwellers who have settled in the two areas illegally.

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