Cops disperse Kliptown protest

Kliptown residents are protesting the disconnection of their electricity.

FILE: The Kliptown Informal Settlement. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police dispersed a crowd that was protesting at the Kliptown informal settlement on Tuesday.

Authorities said residents were fighting Eskom employees and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department.

Eskom officials were disconnecting illegal electricity connections in the area.

Police spokesperson Nomvula Mbense said officers had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

"The police destabilised the situation and continued to monitor the area."