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Mossel Bay: Municipality yield to residents demands

The municipality says it has not yet cut the electricity connections in the area.

FILE: Angry residents of KwaNonqaba township, in Mossel Bay, burnt down local municipal offices and a library during bi-elections in Mossel Bay. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Mossel Bay municipality has given in to protestors demands for free electricity.

Dozens of Kwanonqaba residents have been wreaking havoc in the township this week, forcing all schools in the area to close.

The residents are apparently sourcing electricity illegally and the community went on the rampage after the local municipality terminated the connections.

Municipal buildings and property have also been torched in the unrest.

The municipality says despite what the residents have been telling Eyewitness News , it has not yet cut the electricity connections in the area.

The Mayor's spokesperson Harry Hill says residents have only been warned of the municipality intentions to eventually get rid of the illegal power connections.

Hills says, however, the plan is now on hold, pending further discussions with community leaders.

The ANC's Kota-Fredericks wasted no time criticising local officials saying, cutting the connections or be it illegal will be an inhuman thing to do as it is still winter.

A municipal building was set alight and scores of people were arrested following a service delivery protest in the area.

The residents are apparently sourcing electricity illegally and the community went on the rampage after the local municipality terminated the connections.