Shacks built illegally to be demolished in Masiphumelele

A number of shacks which have been illegally erected on private land in Masiphumelele will be torn down.

FILE: More than 1,000 shacks were destroyed in a massive blaze last month. Picture: chrispreenphotography.com.

CAPE TOWN - A number of shacks, which have been illegally erected on private land in Masiphumelele, will be torn down.

More than 1,000 shacks were destroyed in a massive blaze last month, leaving thousands of people destitute.

Authorities then cleared the land and marked off plots for locals to rebuild their homes.

City of Cape Town official, Felicity Purchase, says some laid claim to larger plots and it's feared this could spark tensions.

Purchase says this resulted in some shack dwellers erecting their homes on privately-owned land.

"We met with the leadership on Friday to tell them to try to get the community to understand that they were taking land that was allocated to other people. We made it clear that if they didn't take it down voluntarily, the city would destroy them."