Langa residents are elated that some of the street lights are back on in their neighbourhood after nearly three years of darkness. They claimed the lights malfunctioned because of illegal connections by people from the informal settlements, plunging the whole area into darkness. Since July council workers have been working tirelessly to restore lighting in the area. Resident Thobile Banjathwa said they are relieved that the City of Cape Town fixed the lights as the problem was widespread across Langa. “There were people living in informal areas, others were backyarders who illegally connected to the street poles. When we informed the City, they sent their employees and found most of the bulbs from the street lights fused,” he said. According to Banjathwa crime was high in Langa during the period of darkness. “People were robbed every day when they go to the train station in the morning and in the evening when coming from work. And there were house robberies,” he stated. Ward 51 councillor Nolitha Dilima confirmed that the street lights were damaged because of ‘izinyoka’. “It was on and off. The City employees used to come and fix it but because of illegal connections, they kept switching off. The increasing crime had forced the community to establish a neighbourhood watch to patrol at night,” she said.