Thokoza under control after protest

2013-11-19 10:25
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Johannesburg - The situation is under control in Thokoza, east of Johannesburg, after residents took to the streets and barricaded roads, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

"Police are patrolling the area and removing the stones and burning tyres," Captain Godfrey Maditsi said.

Residents started to protest after the Red Ants and police went to Imbeliseni informal settlement looking for illegal electricity connections on Monday.

"Rubber bullets were fired at the residents after they started to attack the Red Ants," said Maditsi.

He said residents threw stones at passing motorists and also looted tuckshops in the area.

No arrests had been made.

The Ekurhuleni metro said on Tuesday it had intensified its campaign to remove illegal connections in the municipality.

It said in a statement that over 17 000 illegal connections were removed since the campaign started two months ago.

Municipal spokesperson Sam Modiba said illegal connections saw the city losing R36m per annum.

"This translates to losses of about R2.8m to R4.9m per month, Modiba said.

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