SIX municipal vehicles were set alight on Thursday night.
Around 500 Refilwe residents, Tshwane blocked the roads with burning tyres and rocks before torching the City of Tshwane cars.
The residents are unhappy because their shacks were removed by a private company that afternoon.
Selby Bokaba, spokesman for the city, said the residents had illegally occupied the vacant land in Refilwe extension 5.
He said the land invasion unit of the Tshwane Metro cops issued notices in May to the illegal occupiers.
“The request to leave the area was ignored by the residents.
“The unit then hired a private company to demolish 397 illegal structures,” said Bokaba.
When the company arrived to remove the shacks, the residents became angry.
Bokaba said the protesters broke into the municipal building, burned six municipal vehicles and damaged another four, including the Metro cops’ bus.
“The City of Tshwane condemns the barbaric behaviour of the protesters who destroyed municipal property,” said Bokaba.
Constable Connie Moganedi, spokeswoman for Cullinan police, said two men were arrested on charges of public violence.
“The protesters began to throw stones at the police vehicles when they tried to stop them from causing any further damage to the municipal building.
“The cops managed to arrest two men, who will appear in court soon.”
Councillor Peter Matshela said his nephew told him that residents were on their way to burn his house.
“Some people were spreading rumours that I was responsible for the shacks being demolished. That’s why the residents wanted to set my house on fire.
“But I doubted they would come because I’ve always had a good relationship with them.”