South Africa 4.7.2014 05:26 pm

Power restored to Soweto

Police clear blockades in the early morning, 03 July 2014, following protests in Klipspruit, Soweto over power cuts to the area. Protesters attacked an Eskom technical service and customer care centre torching 15 cars and damaging 7 others parked there. Picture: Alaister Russell

Police clear blockades in the early morning, 03 July 2014, following protests in Klipspruit, Soweto over power cuts to the area. Protesters attacked an Eskom technical service and customer care centre torching 15 cars and damaging 7 others parked there. Picture: Alaister Russell

Electricity supply to Pimville and Nancefield in Soweto, Johannesburg, has been restored following cable thefts, Eskom said on Friday.

“The power was restored on Thursday, 3 July 2014 at approximately 23:40 after replacing the damaged cables,” Eskom’s Gauteng spokesman Reneiloe Semenya said in a statement.

Residents went on the rampage on Thursday morning following disruptions, and damaged cars as they protested. About 15 cars were burnt and seven damaged by the angry protesters.

Police had to intervene to allow Eskom technicians to fix the cables.

“Eskom would like to thank the police, local councillors and the local authority for working with us throughout the incident yesterday in Nancefield and Pimville until supply was restored,” Gauteng general manager Peter Sebola said.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the situation was calm on Friday.

Sapa

 

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