Soweto roads reopened after protest

2013-09-02 15:26
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Johannesburg - Roads that were blockaded during a service delivery protest in Klipspruit, Soweto, over the weekend were open to traffic on Monday, Gauteng police said.

Captain Nondumiso Mpantsha said no one was arrested during the protest on Sunday.

It was believed that residents embarked on the protest because they were unhappy about power cuts in Klipspruit.

City Power confirmed that the power supply to Klipspruit was interrupted on Friday due to windy weather conditions, but said power was restored later the same day.

The area was prone to supply disruptions because of cable theft.

City Power was taking a number of measures to prevent cable theft.

These included installing aluminium aerial conductor cables, which were of no value to cable thieves, and patrols of high risk cable theft areas.

"The vehicles patrol and cover a larger area, which makes it difficult to prevent every cable theft incident."

The electricity distributor was also working with police, Johannesburg metro police, Eskom, and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA to disconnect illegal connections.

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