CNS Reporter/Siyabonga Mashele
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8 Jun 2015
11:45 am

KFC, liquor store looted as Soweto residents protest

CNS Reporter/Siyabonga Mashele

Violence broke out in Dube, Soweto, last night as angry residents apparently protesting against the installation of prepaid electricity meters by Eskom allegedly looted a bottle store and a KFC outlet on Sunday night.

A resident stands outside the KFC in Dube, Soweto where angry protestors looted on Sunday, 7 June 2015. Pic: Tracy Lee Stark

Gauteng Traffic police spokesperson Obed Sibasa said the looters were believed to be from the Dube Hostel, Soweto Urban reported.

“[They] also tried to break open two ATMs next to the KFC, but the police arrived before this could happen,” he said.

Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, Gauteng police spokesperson added no arrests were made and that no injuries had been reported.

Nomsa Dladla, owner of the SG Dladla Bottle store, which was also looted, told The Citizen a large crowd of protesters broke into her store and took bottles of alcohol after looting the nearby KFC outlet. She said the looting started at about 8pm.

“It is really bad. A lot of damage has been done to the store. The shop is still closed, as we are still cleaning,” she said,

This after protests over prepaid electricity meters installed in Orlando West, which plagued the township last month, with protesters vowing to continue protesting until their demands were met.

However, Eskom defended the rolling out of the prepaid meters, saying the conventional metering system was no longer working, as people were receiving high bills as a result of non-payment.

“Eskom is owed R4 billion in Soweto alone. That is why we had to start moving everyone from the conventional system to prepaid, which allows one to determine your own usage,” Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said at the time.

– Caxton News Service