RED ANTS IN CITY CEN­TRE RAID

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - AYANDA NTSHANGASE

ABOUT 200 peo­ple have been forced to face the win­ter chill af­ter they were ag­gres­sively evicted from a build­ing in the Joburg CBD yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents, Red Ants se­cu­rity guards ar­rived at their build­ing in the early hours of yes­ter­day, hurl­ing in­sults while point­ing firearms and in­struct­ing them to va­cate the premises with­out be­ing warned.

The Fat­tis Man­sion res­i­dents’ be­long­ings were strewn along Har­ri­son Street when our news team ar­rived.

Tho­bisa Mgiban­taka, who claims to have been as­saulted while car­ry­ing her child, said: “I was stand­ing by the steps with my baby on my back and I had my bags with me.

“One of the Red Ants came and tried to push me. I asked him to make room for me as I wanted to exit the build­ing, but he took my ID book, money and cell­phone.”

Some res­i­dents stood watch­ing as their be­long­ings were thrown out of the build­ing.

They claimed to have been sur­prised by the evic­tion and did not have al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Ndu­miso No­jojo, who has been liv­ing in the build­ing since 2010, said he was wo­ken by neigh­bours who told him of the evic­tion.

“These peo­ple just pitched up at about 8am, act­ing ag­gres­sively. They didn’t even give us a chance to see the court or­der or pack up our things. It’s not the first time.

“We were evicted in 2015 and able to come back af­ter the court ruled the evic­tion il­le­gal.”

PIC­TURE: SIMPHIWE MBOKAZI

HEAVY-HANDED: The Red Ants yes­ter­day evicted res­i­dents of a build­ing at the cor­ner of Har­ri­son and Jeppe streets in the Joburg CBD.

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