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Mossel Bay: Illegal connections pose a threat

The township has been rocked by protests after the municipality cut illegal electricity connections.

FILE: Disgruntled Kwanonqaba residents protest for improved service delivery. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Illegal electricity connections in a Mossel Bay township remain a serious bone of contention despite efforts by authorities to quell tensions.

Last week hundreds of disgruntled Kwanonqaba residents took to the streets demanding cheaper electricity, access to water, houses and a proper taxi rank.

The township has been rocked by protests after the municipality cut illegal electricity connections.

Protesters who caused havoc in the township set municipal buildings alight, torched a school and stoned vehicles.

The municipality still has major safety concerns over these illegal connections.

The council Harry Hill says the connections pose a threat to the community.

"That creates a major safety hazard. Exposed wires have been laid across the roads and children are involved there."

But for outraged residents, the need for electricity outweighs these safety concerns.

Last week the municipality and political parties agreed to stop plans to halt illegal connections supply.

The community wants reduced electricity tariffs saying the six units they get from R20 barely lasts a day.