Red Ant Evictions
Forced evictions from inner city blocks in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the Red Ants,a private security and eviction service, have become prevalent due to the increasing illegal occupation and control of buildings by criminal elements.
Both migrants and locals occupy the buildings, sometimes in squalor. Many children suffer the consequences as they end up forced out on the streets due to the removals of them and their families. Many families have no place to go once evicted, with the government often offering no alternative accommodation.
The owner of the apartment block depicted in these pictures obtained a court order to evict the occupants from the units after ‘building hijackers’ had leased them out illegally. It is believed that over 1000 people were evicted and the residents claim they were given no warning. Lawyer Lucky Mhlanga, representing the residents, told reporters that the evictions were unlawful and that the matter was still pending in court…