Calm restored in Kwa-Thema following protests

Protests for cheaper electricity in Kwathema have come to end after an agreement was reached.

Burnt tyres during a service delivery protest. Picture:EWN

KWA-THEMA - Authorities in Ekurhuleni on Saturday said the protest which led to the destruction of state property and the blockading of roads in Kwathema, east of Johannesburg is over.

The municipality and the Gauteng Education Department made an agreement with the residents to end demonstrations.

The community took to the streets to demand cheaper electricity, as they believed the metro's markup price was excessive.

Schooling in the area was disrupted by the protest as residents blockaded streets with rocks and destroyed street lights and municipal property this week.

Ekurhuleni metro spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said contentious issues have been addressed.

"We have agreed that mop up operations need to get underway."