10 injured in Joburg eviction chaos

Johannesburg - Ten people were injured in a confrontation between residents and sheriffs at flats in Joubert Park, Johannesburg following evictions on Monday, the Gauteng human settlement department said.

Violence erupted as some of the residents at the Castle Blaney building resisted eviction, said spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa.

He said the injured were residents who got caught up in a stampede when shots were fired from the flat towards the crowd that included sheriffs.

"The 10 suffered various injuries and they were taken to hospital."

Motlhaolwa said police were deployed to restore peace in the area.

MEC Jacob Mamabolo condemned the use of violence as a strategy to stop evictions.

"It is clear that criminal gangs are provoking contractors, employed by the sheriff to execute the evictions, to cause violence and mayhem."

The department was working with law enforcement agencies to take action against those who responsible for the violence.

Motlhaolwa said the department had advised residents to leave the building before the eviction date.

"The department circulated early warning pamphlets to alert everyone on time and to advise residents to co-operate with the removal companies."

No one was arrested.

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Akhenaten 2014-08-25 09:22:53 PM
When will this stop. People need to stay somewhere and ever so often we read about evictions. The people were promised housing and they bargained on that. If they are foreigners and they don't have a job, they should go back where they came from. If they are locals surely there should be a way to avoid these evictions.
Leigh-anne 2014-08-25 10:13:58 PM
All together now... Slowly... CHAOS. Yor at least get the headline right.
Ken O'Connell 2014-08-25 11:42:58 PM
Where's Ses'khona?
Antonio Tonin 2014-08-26 04:13:34 AM
If this had happened in Cape Town there would have been a loud roar from various quarters of "Racism!" but of course this is not possible with an ANC city administration. What a wonderful world!
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-26 07:44:05 AM
what is CHOAS. I would understand if there was CHAOS. News 24 Ed, please correct and try and be careful with spelling mistakes, it gets a bit embarrassing.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-26 08:36:10 AM
Thanks News 24 ed.