10 arrested in protest over electricity

2011-10-18 08:36

Johannesburg - Ten people were arrested for public violence during a protest about electricity in Damonsville near Brits, North West police said on Tuesday.

Residents barricaded roads, burned tyres, and threw stones at police on Monday, said Lieutenant Colonel Lesego Metsi.

They were insisting that someone from the municipality explain to them why their electricity had been cut off.

When the Madibeng local municipality mayor Poppy Magongwa visited the community on Monday afternoon, two tyres on her car were punctured.

"They wanted to keep her there, they didn't want to let her go," said Metsi.

"She needed to be escorted out of there by police."

Metsi said rubber bullets and gas canisters were used to disperse the crowd.

Police were still on the scene monitoring the situation on Tuesday morning.

"Today the situation is the same," he said.

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  • Bigrp - 2011-10-18 08:57

    You don't pay; you don't have!

      Rob - 2011-10-18 09:00

      Welcome to the culture of commie entitlement

      Neill - 2011-10-18 09:00

      such an easy concept, that the 'folk' does not understand. "We Want! We Want" But Pay???? EISH!!!

  • George - 2011-10-18 09:32

    Simple, PAY and you wont get cut off You are not an malema and get things for free. Catch a wake up

  • Felix - 2011-10-18 09:34

    A bit drastic, but why was their power cut off? If they pay their taxes then they deserve their services, I wonder who is in charge of that municipality and whether they are competent.

  • Positiewe - 2011-10-18 09:49

    We want!!!!

  • Dorothea - 2011-10-18 10:02

    i think that there are many people in this country who are yet to realise that apartheid is over. at least pre 1994, they were protesting against a government that treated them like 2nd class citizens.... now they behave in exactly the same way towards a government of their choosing. there is no pleasing some.....

  • Heidi - 2011-10-18 12:05

    The prices has risen so badly that even the people who use to pay, are not able to afford this. My electricity bill jumped from R2200 to R4300 in one month. Partly because they read the meters like they do everything else, like their asses. Guess three months read one, get paid for reading it ever month. And partly because of the price increases. Our mayor have just creates three NEW position for people to assist her in HER job and each position get paid R600K per year. What on earth is SHE going to do, except from getting paid? There greedy power hungry people is bledding this country dry!

      Dorothea - 2011-10-18 12:43

      Heidi, Start thinking of the planet and switch off your underfloor heating, and perhaps install a solar geyser. electricity should be expensive - especially for people like you that have not woken up to the reality that the planet is no longer coping with these excesses. for heavens sake, R4300 a month! you should be ashamed. go and cleanse your soul and do some recycling while you're at it.... you are bleeding the planet dry!

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