Root cause of Limpopo riots unclear

Some reports claim that Lephalale protesters may be disgruntled former Medupi employees.

The police say municipal buildings and other government properties we torched during the protest on 8 September 2015. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it's still unclear what the root cause is behind the protests in Lephalale in Limpopo but it has assured South Africans that it's business as usual at the Medupi Power Station.

A large group of protesters from the township of Marapong, went on the rampage this week, with several buses torched and buildings set alight.

Police are monitoring the situation and say no one has yet been arrested.

There are reports that the protesters may be disgruntled former Medupi employees.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "Some people are saying it's for service delivery related, so at this stage it's very difficult to pinpoint as what the real cause is but as far as our Medupi Power Station is concerned yesterday it was business as usual.

"The police were seen all over the town, so we're hoping that the same will continue today."

Meanwhile, Metalworkers union, National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) has condemned the destruction of public facilities during protests in the Marapong township in Limpopo.