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‘We don’t want to talk to police, we want electricity’

Angry protesters claim they have not had any electricity since Monday morning.

Angry protestors who have been demonstrating since 15 March 2016 demanding electricity. Picture: @_ArriveAlive.
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CAPE TOWN - Community members in Zandspruit, northwest of Johannesburg, say they don’t want to speak to police; all they want is electricity. 

Officers have been in the area since early this morning dispersing a crowd of angry protesters who have been demonstrating since last night.

They claim they have not had any electricity since Monday morning. 

Community members say they are planning to block Beyers Naude Drive because they feel no one is listening to them. 

One man says all his food has spoilt because he’s not had electricity for 48 hours.

“It’s been two days, about 36 hours, with no electricity. [We’ve been without electricity] Since Monday at about 11 am.”

Petrol stations along Beyers Naude have closed their doors after angry community members stormed in and looted shops. 

This man, from Ghana, says he arrived there this morning to find his shop has also looted.

“Everything that I have, including my shoes and hairpiece, they just break in and take everything from there.”

There is heavy police presence there. 

Meanwhile, police have arrested six people for malicious damage to property after violent protests in the area.

The police’s Kay Makhubela said, “At the moment we have arrested six suspects for public violence as well as malicious damage to property.”

RUBBER BULLETS FIRED

Police were forced to fire rubber bullets to disperse angry protesters in Zandspruit.

Hundreds of community members tried to approach Beyers Naude Drive and police officers stopped them.

But a few minutes later, the crowd managed to run through the police line, into a nearby petrol station, where they broke in and started looting.

One man, who owns a butchery there, says his security guards were assaulted.

Three officers are being treated on the scene bringing the number of injured officers today to five. 

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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