Roads remain closed as residents protest electricity meters

Hundreds of Soweto residents started protesting earlier today blockading roads with burning tyres.

Hundreds of protesters blocked Khumalo Street and parts of Vilakazi Street during early morning protest in Orlando West on 6 May 2015. Picture: @SowetoTVChannel.

JOHANNESBURG - A number of roads remain closed in and around Orlando West in Soweto as residents protest against electricity meters.

Hundreds of Soweto residents started protesting earlier today blockading roads with burning tyres and pelting passing cars with stones.

They say Eskom should remove the pre-paid electricity systems.

The JMPD's Edna Mamonyane says Khumalo Street is still affected.

She says motorists should avoid the area.

"Try to use the Soweto motorway, probably going through the Mhlophe area."

Meanwhile, Gauteng public order police and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) have been deployed to Orlando West to monitor the situation in case of any flare ups.

Residents say they can only afford a flat monthly rate of R400 and say they would rather be left in the dark than switched to the pre-paid system.

The police's Katlego Mogale said, "At this stage it's quiet, JMPD and Gauteng public order policing are on the scene as it is now peak hour and they will do so until the people running on the streets have left."