Protest erupts in Valhalla Park

Following a massive shack fire in the area, residents are demanding better homes be built for them.

FILE: Children and their parents are seen walking around the burnt out remains of their Valhalla Park homes after a massive blaze. 23 December 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police are monitoring the situation in Valhalla Park following a service delivery protest in the area on Thursday.

Around 1,400 people were left homeless when a fire broke out at the Agstelaan informal settlement on Monday.

The protestors are demanding proper houses be built for them.

The police's André Traut says the demonstration became violent when protestors threw stones at the police.

"The situation is being monitored by police. We will remain in the area to ensure law and order will be maintained throughout the night."

Earlier today, city officials visited the informal settlement to assist the municipality's disaster relief efforts.

They say they intend to rebuild the homes of the residents who have been left destitute in the course of the week.

At the same time, the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape has promised to assist the residents as well.