- The Red Ants demolition specialists have begun dismantling illegal structures in Alexandra
- This demolition has triggered a backlash from some residents
- They claim local government is treating them unfairly
The Red Ants have demolished illegal buildings in Alexandra, triggering a substantial backlash from some residents.
The Red Ants is a private security company which specialises in clearing away "illegal invaders".
They have been taking down illegal structures erected by residents in Marlboro Gardens, whom the local government says are staying there unlawfully.
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However, the residents claim that the government is treating them unfairly, according to eNCA. They allege that the Red Ants arrived unannounced and began taking down their houses without warning.
For example, one resident says that the Red Ants dismantled the two-bedroom house in which she had been staying. Additionally, there have been some reports that a child died in the demolitions, but these have not yet been confirmed.
Additionally, there have been claims that a child is trapped under the rubble of a demolished structure.
Consequently, police and security personnel are on scene to keep an eye on the situation.
Thus far, police have confirmed that at least 80 illegal structures have been taken down. Most of these structures were erected after the recent service delivery protests in Alexandra, Briefly.co.za has gathered. A substantial number of them were constructed with brick and mortar.
The Red Ants arrived at Marlboro Gardens at roughly 9am and began demolishing the structures.
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