Truck, shacks torched in Khayelitsha protest

Residents are apparently up in arms after illegal electricity connections were taken down in the area.

A truck and two shacks have been torched during a protest along Mew Way in Khayelitsha. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A truck and two shacks have been torched during a protest along Mew Way in Khayelitsha.

Residents are apparently up in arms after illegal electricity connections were taken down in the area.

The illegal connections had been strung up over railway lines, which affected Metrorail services between Khayelitsha and Mandalay.

The train company's Riana Scott says, "The current carrying capability of those wires are hopelessly inadequate. What is does where they put it underneath or across our lines it either shorts it out completely or gives a false positive reading."

Meanwhile, a burnt out truck lies on its side near Mew Way Bridge.

The truck crashed into two shacks, which in turn were also gutted.

Firefighters are currently on scene.

Authorities have also blocked off a section of Mew Way.