Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) on Monday justified its actions to enforce a court order to evict illegal occupants from company-owned land, near the its Mooiplaats dolomite mine, close to Pretoria.
Contractors demolished shacks on Monday morning after PPC enforced the court order.
PPC said in a statement that an illegal expansion of the Itireleng settlement started in July and that, by October, some 170 shacks had been erected on PPC property.
The cement producer stated that in addition to the invasion of its property, it was also concerned about the safety of the community involved.
“Mooiplaas is a sizable operation using large mining equipment and explosives. The ground that has been occupied is dolomitic, prone to sink holes and therefore not safe for human settlement. Approximately 400 heavy vehicles make daily use of an access road on which the settlement is now encroaching, making it especially dangerous for children,” it said in a statement.