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Residents protest over electricity cuts in Tshepisong

Residents claim their efforts to contact City Power were ignored & that’s why they began to protest.

Police are monitoring a protest in Tshepisong where residents are demonstrating over electricity cuts on 23 December 2015. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police are monitoring a protest in Tshepisong where residents are demonstrating over electricity cuts.

The strike started yesterday, when residents blocked roads, saying they haven't had any electricity for at least three days.

Residents claim their efforts to contact City Power were ignored and that's why they began the protest.

There was heavy a police and JMPD presence this morning as demonstrators expressed their unhappiness with power cuts, blocking most of the roads into the area.

The police's Lucky Matome says it appears the protest has not been particularly violent.

"There's one case of malicious damage to property that was reported at Kagiso where one vehicle was stoned."

Matome says the crowd is currently calm but the situation remains unpredictable.

"We've at least managed to control them through the assistance of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and Public Order Policing."

He says police will remain on scene.

(Edited Leeto M Khoza)