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Alex residents protest over power meters again

Community members are demonstrating over service delivery and the installation of prepaid electricity meters.

FILE: Protestors burnt tyres and blockaded London road in Alexandra on Friday, 21 June. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department's (JMPD) officers are closely monitoring London Road in Alexandra on Wednesday morning following protest action by residents.

Community members have been demonstrating over service delivery and the installation of prepaid electricity meters.

The JMPD's Edna Mamonyane says residents have blocked off London Road with burning tyres and rocks.

"We're trying to make sure we talk to the protestors and remove the tyres from the road."

Last week residents said they could not be expected to pay for new electricity meters because too many people were unemployed in the community.

City Power installed dozens of new electricity meters in the Riverpark area of the township, but residents have complained that the devices depleted their supply too quickly and cost too much.

Residents said the meters must be removed because they were not viable.

City Power previously said the meters were installed to prevent "illegal connections". It added that the units did not affect electricity consumption.

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