Violence breaks out at Gautrain station over Alexandra removals

Violence breaks out at Gautrain station over Alexandra removals

- Recent protests against forced removals in Alexandra township have taken a violent turn as a group of residents resorted to burning parts of a Gautrain station

- The protests started after a number of houses were destroyed by the Red Ants

- The ANC, EFF and DA are pointing fingers at each other, but no link to any one party has been confirmed

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Protests in the Alexandra township just outside of Johannesburg have become increasingly violent, as a group of protestors have taken to destroying a Gautrain station.

The protests started earlier this weekend after a private security company which specialises in clearing away ‘illegal invaders’, Red Ants, destroyed a number of residents’ homes.

Protestors began to protest the action taken against their ‘illegal structures’, saying that the local government was not treating them fairly, reported.

JacarandaFM reported that a power box at a nearby Gautrain station has subsequently been burned down by frustrated citizens.

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Police spokesperson, Kay Makhubele, said that the South African Police Force (SAPS) resorted to using rubber bullets in order to clear the crowd of protestors.

“Earlier on, community members went to the Gautrain station where they tried to enter and they burned the electric box,” Makhubele explained.

As for who hired the Red Ants to carry out the demolitions, no concrete evidence has been found that implicates anyone, as of yet.

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The Democratic Alliance (DA), African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are all attempting to pin the blame on each other.

In light of this, the EFF’s Washington Mokonyane has gathered a group of supporters for a protest against the ‘racist’ DA.

To see footage of the demolition carried out by the Red Ants, see here:

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