Angry residents protest over cable theft

2014-04-05 10:53
A protester flings a burning tyre through the air during unrest that erupted in Sebokeng. (Sapa)

A protester flings a burning tyre through the air during unrest that erupted in Sebokeng. (Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Eldorado Park and Klipspruit West residents blocked roads and threw stones at passing cars on Saturday morning due to cable theft in the area, Johannesburg metro police said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the two neighbouring communities were protesting along the K43 road as there was no power in the area.

"City Power are busy restoring cables in the Klipsruit West area."

The road was closed to traffic and additional officers were deployed there.

Protesters were gathered at major intersections at about 08:30.

They blockaded roads with rocks, tree branches and the remains of burnt tyres, forcing motorists to use alternative routes to exit Eldorado Park.

Deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe was due to visit the area for a door-to-door election campaign on Saturday morning.

Spokesperson Justice Ngalonkulu said they were not aware of the protests.

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- SAPA

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