Orlando West protesters threaten to burn down houses

Protesters are threatening to burn down the houses of those who are not protesting.

Police van drives past burning tyres after angry protesters took to the streets in Orlando West to protest against Eskom's pre-paid electricity meters. Picture: @nkosi_milton.

JOHANNESBURG - As protests over electricity meters continue in Orlando West in Soweto on Thursday, a man said community members have threatened to burn down the houses of those who are not participating in the demonstration.

Residents are demanding that Eskom remove the prepaid meters.

They've been protesting since Wednesday with some blocking roads with rubble and pelting stones at passing motorists.

A man, who phoned in to Radio 702's Redi Tlhabi Show, said it's not fair that's he's caught up in the protest because he pays his electricity bills.

"What am I supposed to think because I blerrie well pay Eskom. Now they want to burn down our houses. I had to leave work, I'm on the N1 driving back home because I'm trying to protect my property. What can I do?"

#OrlandoProtest It is believed that demonstrators have also threatened to burn down Sakhumzi restaurant on Vilakazi Street -Soweto. ZN

#OrlandoProtest The man says it's not fair that's he's caught up in the protest because he pays his electricity bills.ZN

Meanwhile, Eskom has appealed to protesting residents to respect the law and pay their electricity bills.

Residents say they can only afford a flat monthly rate of R400.

But Eskom's Bandile Jack says the prepaid system has been implemented in most parts of the country and is working well.

"We would really like to urge customers and consumers to understand that by the way, you pay for what you use as a consumer. If you use less electricity, you will pay less. If you use more electricity you will pay more."