"I had to sell my car to buy this stand. I then took loans so that I could build. I am now blacklisted and I can't borrow more money. I am devastated.
"Where am I supposed to go? My mother has been waiting for an RDP for years and I can't afford a bond house, our government is failing us," More said.
Another resident Mamiki Matonzi, 47, said she had been on the waiting list for an RDP house since 1996.
"I have three children; we need a home. I came here because I am desperate for a house," she said.
Some residents said they were warned to remove their belongings as demolitions would continue in seven days.
According to a draft order that was left behind by the officials after demolitions, the city was permitted to serve notice of motion to residents. The city could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said: "All the illegal structures will be demolished. Any house that you build illegally, you cannot stay in it.
"We would like to advise people to remove their belongings."