Soweto residents took to the streets on Monday morning to protest against power cuts in the area.
JMPD spokesperson Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told News24 traffic is being affected in Moroka South and that rocks and burning tyres are blocking roads including Elias Motsoaledi Road and Chris Hani Road.
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“Motorists can use Modjadji Street if they’re coming from Dlamini and Koma Street if they’re from the south as alternative routes,” Minnaar said.
He said residents were protesting over not having electricity.
“More officers have been sent to that area.”
Power utility Eskom has said it is continuing with a campaign it started late last year in Gauteng to cut off power to users that have failed to pay or rigged illegal connections, Fin24 reported. This includes Soweto.
“If you want to avoid being disconnected, come forward. Even if you have rigged your meter, you can come forward, collect your fine and find a way forward to start paying. Do not wait to get caught,” Eskom spokesperson in Gauteng, Reneiloe Semenya told Fin24 on Thursday.
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But a Soweto ANC councillor, Mpho Sesedinyane, says the utility is being arrogant by disconnecting power to homes, saying communities would resist “unapologetically and without fear of intimidation”.
Over the weekend a report has it that Eskom is currently busy cutting electricity off for residents of Soweto. They demand to go into your house to check your meter, if you refuse they go to the pole and cut it off. If you not home, they just cut it off anyway.
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