Mfuleni residents threaten to ‘cause havoc’ if grievances not heard

Emseleni Informal Settlement resident says they’re tired of living without electricity.

Residents demand electricity be provided to informal settlements in the area. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents in some informal settlements in Mfuleni have threatened to cause havoc in the area if their grievances are not heard by the City of Cape Town.

Streets in the area are currently being cleared-up following service delivery protests during the early hours of this morning.

Small heaps of burnt rubble in Ikwelera Road in #Mfuleni, residents protesting against lack of service delivery. LI

Mandlakazi Ntsali, who has been living in the Emseleni Informal Settlement for 11 years, says they're tired of living without electricity.

She says poor residents are forced to illegally link wires to electricity poles feeding brick and mortar houses with power.

"We want electricity. We're going to continue protesting until we get a solution because we've told the councillor that we're going to take the electricity from the pole and connect it to our houses."

Calm has been restored to the area for now.

The South African Police Service (Saps) and Metro Police will continue to keep a watchful eye in case of any flare-ups.