More than 3 000 families were left homeless yesterday after their houses built on land belonging to BAK Storage Company along Harare-Masvingo Road were razed to the ground by the Sheriff following a High Court order to evict the illegal occupiers.
The houses were built on 70 hectares of land belonging to the storage company.
Heart rending scenes were the order of the day as hapless residents watched their houses being pulled down to the ground.
Those that delayed removing their property were counting their loses yesterday afternoon as bulldozers knocked down the structures along with their contents. Some of the residents were seen hastily removing some valuables such as doors, door frames and roofing sheets before the bulldozers flattened the structures.
Household property such as beds, blankets, stoves and wardrobes was strewn all over as watchful policemen monitored the Sheriff on duty.