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Dube residents in Soweto loot shops in protest over electricity cuts

Last night protesters also vandalised an ATM, a clothing store and a bakery.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police say Dube residents in Soweto have looted shops in the area, during a protest over electricity cuts.

Last night protesters also vandalised an ATM, a clothing store and a bakery.

Power has since been restored and protesters have dispersed.

The police's Mavela Masondo says they're monitoring the area.

"When they were protesting yesterday, they barricaded and blockaded the road with burning tyres. This morning it looks quiet, but we are monitoring the situation very closely."

Yesterday, Vlakfontein residents also protested on the Golden Highway over power cuts.

SAHRC: GOVERNMENT'S SLOW RESPONSE PARTLY TO BLAME

At the same time, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says government's slow response to community grievances is partly to blame for violent protests.

The commission is holding hearings in Braamfontein this week to assess the impact of protests on education.

Human Rights Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate says tensions during community protests escalate because government does not move swiftly to address community concerns

"It's a very serious problem."

Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makapula has admitted that government sometimes drags its feet.

"People don't simply burn tyres first, they might have indicated through a delegation, either to the councillor or the municipality."

Yesterday a principal from Vuwani told the commission, 24 schools were torched in Vuwani because government failed to respond with urgency when dealing with issues in the area.