15 arrested during Soweto protest

2015-05-07 13:34
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Johannesburg - Fifteen people have been arrested for public violence in Orlando West, Soweto following a protest against pre-paid electricity meters, Johannesburg Metro Police said on Thursday.

Fourteen men and woman were arrested on Thursday morning, Superintendent Edna Mamonyane said.

The protest seemed to have ended.

"Khumalo Street is still closed; it's just full of rocks. There are no people in the street. It's calm and quiet," Mamonyane said.

Protesters had threatened to burn down a well-known restaurant in the area.

"We tried to clean the road last night and they went into the famous restaurant Sakhumzi... they said they wanted to burn that restaurant so that Eskom takes them seriously," she said.

Rubber bullets fired

On Wednesday, metro police fired rubber bullets at the protesters.

At the time, Mamonyane said several hundred residents blocked Vilakazi and Khumalo Streets, as well as Klipspruit Valley Road, with burning tyres and boulders in the morning.

The metro police managed to negotiate with the protesters on Wednesday and took them to the Uncle Tom Hall, where they were addressed by Eskom officials.

However, after the meeting the residents went back to protesting.

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