UPDATE: Calm restored following Soweto protest

Police try to disperse protesting residents. Pic: Soweto Urban.

Calm has been restored in Soweto after residents of Protea North took to the streets burning tyres and barricading roads with rocks in a bid to protest against Eskom’s new electricity meters.

Gauteng police spokesperson Katlego Mogale told The Citizen the residents burned tyres and closed off Mdlalose Road with big rocks to prevent cars from passing.

Mogale added police arrived at the scene and managed to calm down the situation. They also removed burning tyres and rocks off the roads.

It is believed the residents want the new meters out because of high electricity rates.

“They are so expensive that you load electricity for R550, and it will only last you 10 days,” resident Zanele Mkhize told Soweto Urban.

When asked why they had to burn tyres and close the road, the residents said they were doing that to get the mayor’s attention to intervene.

Last month, roads were barricaded and tyres burnt in Mohlekeng, outside Randfontein during a service delivery protest.

“Since 4am, people barricaded roads and have been stopping commuters from going to work and stopping children from going to school,” said Randfontein police spokesperson Captain Appel Ernst.

Police were on the scene, and no arrests had been made.

– Caxton News Service

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