Zandspruit residents vow to continue protest until Mashaba addresses them

Residents barricaded the road with burning tyres earlier on Wednesday after City Power disconnected their illegal electricity connections.

Zandspruit residents are demonstrating after City Power disconnected illegal power connections in the western Johannesburg community. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Zandspruit community members say their protest on Beyers Naude drive will continue until Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba addresses them.

Residents barricaded the road with burning tyres earlier on Wednesday after City Power disconnected their illegal electricity connections.

Community leader Enos Maake says the City of Johannesburg is to blame for their clash with JMPD officers.

“It is a decision that must be taken by the administration there in the city council to come and remove the illegals. So the people are retaliating for non-communication or for not even communicating to the people of Zandspruit.”

Maake says they want Mashaba to come and speak to them.

“Till they leave their chairs, their fancy offices and come and address the people of Zandspruit ... but tonight our people will continue to protest and at the same time they will continue to connect illegally so.”

He says every time City Power disconnects their power sources, they simply reconnect and nothing ever changes.

RUBBER BULLETS FIRED

Officers have fired a fresh round of rubber bullets and stun grenades in Zandspruit where residents have been protesting over electricity.

Residents who’ve barricaded Beyers Naude drive say the city needs to provide legal electricity connections in their community.

Despite having restored calm along the Beyers Naude road, police and JMPD officers are again resorting to rubber bullets to chase away protesters.

A community leader says the City of Johannesburg keeps making promises but never delivers.

“We use candles here. Our shacks burn, no one helps us. They promise us RDPs. They come and paint our houses and number them.”

Residents say they have no alternative means of power.