A 77-year-old man from De Wildt near Brits is critical after his car was set alight during an eviction protest near Soshanguve on Tuesday.
Naas de Villiers was on his way to deliver products when he encountered a violent protest by people who are being evicted from illegal dwellings near the railway line. A petrol bomb was allegedly thrown at a bus of the security company conducting the eviction. According to police spokesperson Constable Lindiwe Mdluli, De Villiers’ Mercedes that was parked next to the bus was also set alight. De Villiers sustained severe burn wounds. Mdluli said he was attended to by emergency services before being transported to the hospital. He is currently in the trauma burn unit of the Millpark Hospital in Johannesburg.
De Villiers’ wife, Wilma, told Kormorant on Wednesday that his condition was very serious. “He has sustained serious burns to his arms, legs, back and neck. He is under sedation and on oxygen support. The doctors are struggling to lower his blood pressure. It is not going well,” she said.
The police’s Public Order Policing Unit was dispatched to the scene and is monitoring the situation. Motorists are urged to use alternative roads to avoid the unrest on Doreen Road. The situation was volatile.