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Soweto residents protest over lack of electricity

It’s understood some areas have been without power since yesterday, with others being cut off earlier today.

FILE: Some residents say they’ve not had electricity for more than 24 hours now. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Dozens of residents in Soweto have reportedly taken to the streets this evening to vent their frustration at a lack of electricity in parts of the township.

It's understood some areas have been without power since yesterday, with others being cut off earlier today.

Protests have also been reported in Mogale City, where residents have blocked off the main road into Kagiso with burning tyres, in another demonstration also sparked by a lack of power supply.

A man says they've not had electricity for more than 24 hours now.

"There is a lot of youth that is blocking the road, the main road into the industrial area of Kagiso, there is a protests there. We just came back from the police station to see if they could come. Some of them [protesters] are throwing stone at cars that are coming in."

Meanwhile, public order police were deployed to Ekangala, east of Pretoria, where the situation was tense earlier this afternoon.

Residents took to the streets, threatening to set a police station on fire.

Yesterday, protesters threw stones at police, burnt a Putco bus and set a delivery truck on fire.

It was not clear why the group was demonstrating but at least 15 people have been arrested.

The police's Mavela Masando said, "Police arrested 15 people for public violence at Ekangala. The protest started last night when the residents barricaded roads."