More illegally built shacks torn down in Masiphumelele

Residents say Metro Police officials moved in and destroyed their homes early this morning.

Metro Police officials armed with riot shields patrolled the area. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Several more illegally built shacks was torn down in Masiphumelele this morning.

#Masiphumelele Affected residents now homeless, stare at the ground where their homes stood this morning. LI pic.twitter.com/QVmQThoY3c

Last week, scores of families lost their homes when authorities deconstructed shacks built on privately owned land.

Residents at the New Rest informal settlement in Masiphumelele say Metro Police officials moved in and destroyed their homes early this morning.

When Eyewitness News arrived at the informal settlement, shacks were already torn down and Metro Police officials armed with riot shields could be seen patrolling through the area.

Residents tried to salvage the little they had left.

#Masiphumelele Residents are now trying to salvage the little they have left. Almost all items destroyed. LI pic.twitter.com/mUGOnstPi5

The building materials that once made up their homes have also been removed.

The community first lost their homes when a devastating fire ripped through the area last month, killing two people.