UPDATE: Battle for land: calm returns to East Lynne

The crowd of newly-arrived squatters allegedly grew violent throwing stones as police demolished their shacks.

Peace has been restored in East Lynne following violent clashes between metro police and land grabbers on Saturday.

Police fired rubber bullets at a group of illegal squatters who occupied land along Jan Coetzee and Lanhman streets, leaving one man injured.

The crowd of newly-arrived squatters allegedly grew violent throwing stones as police demolished about 180 shacks.

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Ward councillor Freddie Pienaar said on Sunday the area was now calm.

Even though there were a few newly erected shacks, Pienaar said the group was nowhere to be seen.

“We haven’t seen anyone erect or occupy that area today.”

He said various voting stations saw a large turnout of residents coming to update their details ahead of next year’s elections after some of them were forced to turn back on Saturday.

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“We wouldn’t take chances with our residents’ safety, so we asked for voting stations to shut down.

“Luckily we had a good turnout at all three voting stations (on Sunday) and it all went well.”

Pienaar said he was informed that the group planned to return to the area the next day to block all entrance and exits.

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Tshwane metro police spokesperson Senior-Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said officers were monitoring identified land-grab hot spots throughout the city.

Mahamba said anyone found occupying land would be arrested.

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