The protesters said the devices were installed without permission.
The protest came after residents marched to Khayelitsha’s municipality offices three weeks ago and handed over a memorandum, giving officials 14 days to respond.
The area came to a standstill yesterday. The MyCiTi bus service was disrupted.
Community leader Bishop Derrick Mtsolo said: “We demand the City erase our debts, and put new meters in for us. It is not like we do not want to pay for our water bill at all but we’ve had enough of high water bills.