Soweto residents warned not to destroy property in march

2015-05-14 13:30
(Naledi Shange, News24)

(Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - Soweto residents were on Thursday warned not to destroy any property in a protest march against power cuts that have been taking place across the township.

"We are here because Eskom has disrespected us. We say there is nothing for us without us," SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) official Oupa Radebe told dozens of the ANC members that had gathered at the Hector Peterson Square in Orlando.

The crowd, mostly dressed in the African National Congress's gold and green t-shirts sang struggle songs. Many in the crowd carried placards reading "March for Power".

"They knew about the problems of power since 1997. What have they been doing all along," ANC regional secretary Dada Morero said.

The group had begun its march from Orlando to the Eskom offices in Diepkloof.

Radebe called for the marchers to be disciplined. He said there would be no destruction of property.

He went on to say that the organisers of the march had heard that some people who have "painted their faces red" wanted to "hijack the march".

They would not be allowed to do so as the march marshals would keep order, he said.

There was a heavy presence by the SA Police Service and Johannesburg metro police officials monitoring and escorting the marchers.

Read more on:    eskom  |  johannesburg  |  soweto  |  electricity  |  protests

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