Major roads closed as Zandspruit continues to burn

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Zandspruit residents are protesting over cut electricity. Police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse demonstrators on Wednesday afternoon.WATCH

Johannesburg – Roads and highways around Zandspruit township were closed again on Thursday morning after a night of looting during violent protests in the area.

Parts of Beyers Naude Drive was still closed to traffic and police were seen redirecting traffic.

A liquor store and other shops were damaged in overnight looting while several cars were also burnt out. Debris was left strewn across streets on Thursday making it impossible for traffic to get through.

On Wednesday police fired rubber bullets and teargas in attempts to disperse protesters.   

One resident told News24 that the protest action was sparked by Eskom unexpectedly cutting their electricity connection.

"They cut our electricity without any notice and they didn't even put electricity meters in the shacks. We want electricity. If there is no electricity, the strike will continue until they bring electricity to Honeydew," said Peter Makena.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  electricity  |  protests  |  service delivery

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