More violence in KwaThema

KwaThema residents tried to burn down a local supermarket after failed electricity talks.

KwaThema residents in a protest over electricity tarrifs in the community. Picture: EWN

KWATHEMA - Violence broke out in the KwaThema on Wednesday evening following a meeting between community members and Eskom officials.

Last week Wednesday, residents demonstrated over increased electricity tariffs at the East Rand township.

According to an eyewitness, protesters tried to burn down the local Pick 'n Pay store.

"Police have fired back with teargas. The community is blaming the mayor. They [protesters] are burning cars," he said.

Democratic Alliance councillor David Moshela said they lost control of the protest.

"As we got out of the community hall, people started howling. We have no control because people are moving in different directions."

Last week, Gauteng police were forced to use tear gas and rubber bullets on unruly protesters in the township.

Authorities intervened when protesters looted shops and burnt cars.