Cars torched, businesses looted in Zandspruit protests

Residents have been protesting over the cutting of illegal electricity supply in the area.

Zandspruit community members protest over service delivery and electricity connection issues on 17 March 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - At least two cars have been torched and several businesses looted overnight in Zandspruit, Johannesburg, as protests continue over the cutting of illegal electricity supply in the area.

Residents have been protesting since Tuesday night and Gauteng police have once again been deployed to the informal settlement to help quell the protest.

Burnt out rubbish and rubble is strewn on the road following more violent protests overnight.

#Zandspruit Several businesses have been looted over night. TK pic.twitter.com/4zXt2zsuMb

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A business owner has told Eyewitness News he's been forced to move his goods after his shop was looted.

"Half of my staff are not here, they're on the road. We just pulled some back to help us and our IT guys are rushing here to collect what we can from our server."

Community members have vowed to continue their protest until their electricity is restored.

Several roads leading into the area have been cordoned off by police for the safety of motorists.