Hundreds left homeless after mass Philippi evictions

Several shacks that were illegally built on privately-owned land in the area were demolished yesterday.

Philippi residents clash with police during protests over forced evictions on 30 September 2014. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Several shacks that were illegally built on privately-owned land in Lower Crossroads, Philippi have now been demolished.

About 150 dwellings were demolished in the area yesterday.

Resident Patricia Xememe sat next to her dwelling as she waited for her home to be demolished.

She said she's been staying on the property for the past month along with her husband and three children.

Many of the land invaders were not home when their houses were being demolished and many said that they have nowhere else to go.

Tensions flared for a short period but calm was brought to the area shortly afterwards.

Tyres were set alight on the road leading to the area in an attempt to keep law enforcement officers away.

Several armed policemen gathered at the sight to ensure the evictions were conducted without any problems.

But frustrated residents soon started throwing stones at the officers when more dwellings were broken down.

Police however managed to restore calm to the area.