Durban - A suburb in Cato Manor is under siege from land invasions that have left ratepayers frustrated.
The community of Bonela are at their wits end as shack lords hone in on vacant land to erect informal homes which they give to people wanting accommodation in return for rent.
Since Friday, a sprawling shack settlement spreading from Wiggins Road to the top of Blinkbonnie Road spread onto the roadside on Buckingham Road.
Community leaders and civic groups who did not want to be named because they have been intimidated several times by often violent shack lords said nothing was done from the onset to curb the settlement which spread from 35 shacks to more than 400 shacks.
Residents protested outside the Durban High Court over the decision to allow the shacks to be built on the site.