Soweto residents protest over electricity

2014-06-17 13:00

Johannesburg - About 100 residents in Mofolo, Soweto, protested over electricity on Tuesday, Gauteng police said.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said it was unclear what the electricity issue was, but a meeting with the relevant parties would be held on Tuesday afternoon to resolve the matter.

The protest began on Monday, when residents blockaded roads in the area with rocks and burning tyres.
"Mmila Road and Mashinini Street are blocked off to motorists," said Makhubela.

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said earlier on Tuesday protests started at Mofolo and Vincent roads.

"Motorists are advised to use alternative routes as it is not safe to drive in the area," Minnaar said.

Protesters were also burning tyres and throwing rocks at passing vehicles on Tuesday morning.

Makhubela said no injuries were reported and no arrests had been made.

  • Jon Low - 2014-06-17 13:04

    What's wrong with their electricity?

      Koos Luerre - 2014-06-17 13:05

      Logic 101: By the ANC voters © --------------------------------------------- 1) Vote your representative into power. 2) Then riot against your elected representative. 3) To show you're serious, burn down your clinic where you get free treatment. 4) Then you a have legitimate reason to riot against inadequate healthcare. 5) which is a good reason to burn down the school of your own children- 6) which is a legitimate reason to riot against inadequate schooling- 7) which is a good reason to burn down your police station- 8) which is a legitimate reason to ... 9) Come election time, you re-elect the representatives you riot against - because you want more of the same. Copyright ©: ANC Voter Logic.

      Debbie Ryan - 2014-06-17 13:15

      why the HELL take it out on passing motorists WHEN the ANC & EISKOM dont know how to plan for population growth!!!! Why take it out on motorists.. take it OUT on the people you voted for!!!!

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-06-17 13:46

      It's not free.

      Carling Blacklabel - 2014-06-17 13:52

      it isnt the electricity, its their lack of logic, like the rest of africa!

      James Petersen - 2014-06-17 14:00

      No tears from my side when you had the chance to vote for change you decided not to so suffer in silence and stop burning and damaging what you have not paid for.....................go to Nkandla there is plenty of electricity there for Zuma voters

      Chez Kri - 2014-06-17 14:02

      @Beatrix. That is exactly what I said when the ANC won again. I no longer have any sympathy for people without basic services. My patience and sympathy has run out.

      kalabafazi - 2014-06-17 14:16

      And they voted for change... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA. The only change they can look forward to is a few cents from passing motorists at the traffic lights

      Kathi Smuts - 2014-06-17 17:43

      Sorry can't shed any light on this one Jon.

      Sheda - 2014-06-18 08:04

      I wonder if those protesting are from the 30% that do pay for electricity in Soweto?

  • Andre Bosch - 2014-06-17 13:09

    Yet I'm sure they will vote for the ANC again at the next election.

      Check Mate Malan - 2014-06-17 13:41

      @ Andre ,, ONE HELLUVA ANC story to tell ?? I suppose the old saying comes to mind, promises are made to be broken !!!

      Victor Mendes - 2014-06-17 13:44

      Einsteins definition of insanity "doing the same things over and expecting different results"

      Ou Glo Sek - 2014-06-17 15:02

      yes we will vote again n again but not Jacob only for ANC

      DerekMain - 2014-06-17 16:25

      Sorry for you - they're all the same. You've just been conned into thinking that the other cANCer leaders are more caring and not as corrupt as JZ783. Criminals the lot of them. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

      Cafe-Ambivalence - 2014-06-17 16:30

      ...same difference dude. Zuma is the ANC... enjoy.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-06-17 13:12

    I don't understand this. I thought Soweto was a model for anyone else to follow.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-06-17 14:08

      Brings me to the question: Where is Fiat Prefect, aka The SA Thing, aka Anthony?? Off sick?? (Was a long weekend....)

  • Victor Mendes - 2014-06-17 13:15

    No sympathy from my side.

  • SunshinyDay - 2014-06-17 13:17

    Yes, because stoning random cars is really a mature and responsible way of handling a problem. I doubt all those 100 people voted for different parties, I wouldn't be surprised if they voted for ANC so what's their issue, actually?

  • Nadene Campbell - 2014-06-17 13:27

    "and no arrests have been made" What's new!!

  • David Webb - 2014-06-17 13:29

    Who did you cocktonsils vote for.... that's right... go cry me a frickin river...

  • KevinKing - 2014-06-17 13:32

    As Einstein said: "AC - Alternating current DC - Direct current ANC - Absolutely no current"

      Victor Mendes - 2014-06-17 13:43

      Joke of the week candidate right here.

  • Lebohang Molefe - 2014-06-17 13:35

    You cannot protest for a service you don't pay for.

      Koos Luerre - 2014-06-17 13:50

      Evidently you can. And some people actually do. And they will get away with it as well. We can't complain about our leadership. That's because we don't have leadership.

      James Petersen - 2014-06-17 14:01

      How many of these protesters are illegal immigrants...............

      Malcolm Nicolson - 2014-06-17 14:26

      Yes you can, when the free service that you feel you are entitled to does not get delivered. So what happened, power outage or the electricity got cut off?

  • phogole.ragi - 2014-06-17 13:45

    I wish police can cum,shoot en kill those who voted for anc.

      Hein Whelan - 2014-06-17 14:13

      @Koos, perhaps Phogole and co were filming a porn movie and then the power went out... It has got to be the only connection I draw between an electricity protest and cumshots :-|

  • Shiro Kitsune - 2014-06-17 13:47

    And next election who will they vote for?

  • BraSteve Myaluze - 2014-06-17 13:47

    Vote for us- passing motorists will deliver basic services to you

  • Pieter Du Toit - 2014-06-17 13:50

    Could the more educated among you please advise me on the following: Exactly how does "burning of tyres and throwing rocks at passing vehicles" resolve any electricity related issue these ladies and gents may have?

      Andrew MacDonald - 2014-06-17 13:56

      it keeps you warm and fit at the same time? its the gym class of the masses.

      James Petersen - 2014-06-17 14:03

      Burning tires actually heat up the one brain cell these protestors have making them think they have the right to protest for things other people have to pay for..................they also think motor cars run on electricity and that this is why they don't have any all the passing cars use it..................

      phogole.ragi - 2014-06-17 14:05

      Ur very ryt in asking tht question,because wht thy a doin is lyk burning the library during the exam period.thy a illitrate and thy enjoy staying in shacks and rdp houses.geting child social grants.

  • phogole.ragi - 2014-06-17 14:02

    U must learn to vot for service delivery,not ur anc brotherhood

  • Patricia Roos Fletcher - 2014-06-17 14:08

    Me thinks.. just maybe someone stole the power lines a bit close to home instead of those in the city suburbs.

  • criticallyhonest - 2014-06-17 15:12

    Considering the acumen/intelligence of the people described in this report I now understand why BEE is needed!

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-06-17 15:14

    You voted for ANC so good luck with that. Idiots.

  • Jay Hull - 2014-06-17 15:18

    Couldn't care let them freeze

  • Maxi Fox - 2014-06-17 15:22

    I saw a guy standing at an intersection in the west of Johannesburg - his sign read "I did NOT vote for the ANC - but I am still unemployed and homeless - Help!". I gave him money.

      James Petersen - 2014-06-17 16:47

      You should not if he did not vote at all his vote went to the anc...........

  • Fifi Stewart - 2014-06-17 15:47

    So????????????? What else is new? They did exactly the same thing in 1976 when the "colonialist" were in power. Why do it again now? They have it all any way!!! They are now destroying their own property then complaining that they are suffering. Bahhhhhh

      debduplessis - 2014-06-17 19:47

      No colonial gov in 1976 - it was the white Afrikaans government then

  • Kathi Smuts - 2014-06-17 17:42

    Here we go another Frikking protest. Eventually someone will do something and people wouldn't have to protest. If you pay for services you should receive them. If you do not pay for them, then you should not receive them. If you vote for a political party then you must wait for them to make good on their promises............ and believe you me, this time you will wait........ no chance of any changes any time soon.

  • Hauke Liefferink - 2014-06-17 22:36

    No protests allowed for those who voted cANCer hey?

  • Rushdi Toefy - 2014-07-03 12:58

    funny how you dont find a single one of them making a comment...they probably dont have airtime

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