The company who won an eviction order against Scottsdene residents say their violent protests are costing them millions of rands.

AFHCO Calgro M3 Consortium Limited, who this week won a court order in the Western Cape High Court against illegal occupants in Kraaifontein, says the cost of damages to their flats “is in excess of R30 million”.

On Monday, residents from Scottsdene barricaded roads with burning tyres and rubble after they lost a court battle against building developers in their area.

Calgro’s stockyard was petrol-bombed while a protester was shot five times with live ammunition, allegedly by the private security firm employed by the company.

However, Calgro’s Chief Executive Officer, Wikus Lategan, denies this.

“No live ammunition has been used by our security company at all. There was a shooting in the area, but we understand that this was gang-related and that a 9mm pistol was used,” he says.

“The security company has advised that it works with shotguns only and its staff do not carry or use 9mm pistols. Shotguns are for the use of rubber bullets in extreme circumstances.”

He says while the company is suffering heavy losses, they are more concerned about the safety of their legal tenants.

“A rough estimate puts the total costs of damages to date as being in excess of R30 million,” he adds.

“It was not only the stockyard that was petrol-bombed, but units where people are living have also been targeted. One petrol bomb went through the window of one of these units. We are most concerned for the safety of the inhabitants.”

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