Angry KwaZulu-Natal protesters threaten to to burn down power station over outages

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Angry KwaZulu-Natal residents threatened to burn down the Hammarsdale power station after continuous power outages.

On Saturday, a group of about 400 residents took to the streets to voice their frustrations.

It's alleged that the residents had planned to meet their ward councillor about the power outages but that the councillor sent a representative to the engage with them instead.

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eThekwini Metro Police Department spokesperson Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad told News24 that the residents threatened to burn down the power station if the matter was not resolved.

But Sewpersad added: "The scene is under control. The crowd has been dispersed."

All roads have been reopened but debris scattered in the roads has not yet been cleaned up.

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