JOHANNESBURG – Families who have been evicted from a block of flats in Jabulani, Soweto, by the Red Ants are furious about the way they were forced out of their homes.

Among those who now have nowhere to go, are a grandmother and young children.fkgc8wbdcoqkoblhwoen

Just last week, the Red Ants were heavily criticised for their handling of an eviction in Jeppestown.

Residents are making urgent arrangements to move their belongings which have been placed on the pavement.

One woman says her 62-year-old mother paid rent with the little pension money she receives but, she too has been evicted.

“As you can see, there are the sofas, there’s the bed. Which means we don’t have a place to go today. Since 2013 we have been living here.”

Thulani Mabaso who has three children, says Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile have failed the community.

“This is how my life is now, sleeping on the street. This is the reality of voting for politicians who promise you everything and when you need them, they are nowhere to be found.”

More than 70 Red Ants dressed in overalls and hardhats were called to the building to evict six families.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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