Residents in stand-off with Red Ants over land invasion near Lavender Hill

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Cape Town - The City’s eviction unit, the Red Ants, had people in Rondevlei informal settlement near Lavender Hill running for cover as they apparently fired flashbangs from a shotgun (similar to stun grenades) to try to evict them from vacant land in the area.

Residents said they were still treating wounds from the first shots fired on January 16, with the most recent having occurred at the weekend.

The private security company had been called in to rid the area of illegal land invaders on the City-owned tract of land, with around 54 structures dismantled and removed.

Daniel John Benjamin, 31, said because the area was also used as a playground, he came to check if the children were okay once they heard law enforcement was on site.

“I went to go look and round about halfway, so they (law enforcement) pulled up, jumped out with their shields, fully armed and there was no sense of talking. They didn't come with any warning or nothing, it was straight pushing, shoving people,” said Benjamin.

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The City said: “This invasion site was an informal settlement and the City previously assisted by moving the people to a formal housing area. They were thus previously helped.

“It is believed the same group of people are trying to reoccupy this piece of land, which is an unlawful act. The City is acting to prevent the unlawful occupation of land. On Friday and Saturday the security personnel came under heavy attack with petrol bombs and live fire.

Interesting. So relocated, sold/rented the housing they were given and are now back for more freebies?
 

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The City said: “This invasion site was an informal settlement and the City previously assisted by moving the people to a formal housing area.
Would love to know where this formal housing is they speak of , probabily nowhere near where they currently are, just like evicted people moved from Woodstock to Wolverevier or Blikkiesdorp, miles from anything and anywhere, where job prospects are even lower and the meagre wages people do get are consumed by transport costs just to try and find employment.
 

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The City’s eviction unit, the Red Ants
They are called that all over SA

Would love to know where this formal housing is they speak of , probabily nowhere near where they currently are, just like evicted people moved from Woodstock to Wolverevier or Blikkiesdorp, miles from anything and anywhere, where job prospects are even lower and the meagre wages people do get are consumed by transport costs just to try and find employment.
You can always offer up your house.
 

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Would love to know where this formal housing is they speak of , probabily nowhere near where they currently are, just like evicted people moved from Woodstock to Wolverevier or Blikkiesdorp, miles from anything and anywhere, where job prospects are even lower and the meagre wages people do get are consumed by transport costs just to try and find employment.

And?
 

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Don't squat on land that's not yours and you won't have to get up in arms about them moving your arse TFO ....
 
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