Power cut-off sparks riot

2013-05-24 00:00

ONCE again, angry residents of ­Nhlalakahle informal settlement protested by burning tyres and throwing rocks at passing cars after their electricity was disconnected yesterday.

Residents living along Bombay Road showed solidarity with those from Nhlalakahle, saying that the municipality was not helping the situation.

When The Witness arrived on the scene about an hour after the protests began, calm had already been restored, and police, with municipal security, had left the area.

ANC secretary in the ward Muhammad Khan said the residents of the informal settlement were angered by security personnel who had charged at them with guns.

He added that as long as the people of Nhlalakahle were not provided with electricity, the disorder would continue. “I’m not saying what they’re doing is not wrong, but they’re forced to do whatever they can do,” said Khan.

Thembinkosi Majola, a resident of Nhlalakahle and ANC chairperson in the ward, said some residents had lived there for 20 years. He said they had been promised electricity and improved services, but that had never happened.

“I’d like to apologise to the community and to whomever’s cars were damaged, It was something uncalled for.”

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said there had been no injuries during the protest.

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