Soweto councillor's house set alight

2011-07-05 20:27

Johannesburg - A councillor's house was set alight during protests by about 300 Soweto residents on Tuesday, Gauteng police said.

Spokesperson Mpho Kgaswana said residents of Chiawelo also barricaded parts of Chris Hani Road (previously Old Potchefstroom Road) with stones.

"They are alleging that they are paying higher electricity bills in their area. They said their rates are not the same as other areas," Kgaswana said.

"We don't know what they used to set the house alight. The fire has since been extinguished."

She said the garage attached to the house was partially burnt.

The situation was being monitored by police. No arrests were made, no one was injured, and a case of arson and malicious damage to property would be investigated, Kgaswana said.

The City of Johannesburg said going on the rampage, damaging property and endangering lives would not be tolerated.

It had previously told residents about plans to install prepaid electricity meters, spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane said in a statement.

"The city does encourage open consultation with the residents when implementing capital projects and residents are urged to utilise this process to raise their concerns."

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