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City of CT: Reports say Lwandle protests stem from illegal power connections

Community Services Mayco Member Anda Ntsodo says a project steering committee had previously been formed in the Lwandle area.

Disgruntled Lwandle residents gathering near burning tyres and rubble on the N2 near Strand on 25 September. Picture: Ilze-Marie Le Roux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says Lwandle protests for electricity come as a surprise.

The N2 highway had to be closed near the Strand community on Monday after protesters burnt tyres in the road, 19 demonstrators were arrested.

A meeting is being held between city officials, community leaders and disgruntled Lwandle residents.

Community Services Mayco Member Anda Ntsodo says a project steering committee had previously been formed in the Lwandle area.

Through this, city officials briefed residents on plans to electrify the area at the start of 2018.

Ntsodo says reports suggest Monday's protest stems from illegal electricity connections from formal housing in the area.

“What we are told is that they went to do illegal connection of electricity form the formal houses and when those people took away wires and said 'we are not allowing this' then they started to make a protest."

Ntsodo adds authorities are also focusing on providing the other three basic services through the installation of water connections, adequate sanitation and waste removal.