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Soweto's Snake Park residents protest over lack of electricity

Eskom has conceded that its decision to restrict electricity supply to densely populated communities where illegal connections are rife will also have an impact on citizens who pay their bills.

FILE: Community members claim they don’t have power, despite paying their bills. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Snake Park residents in Soweto are protesting on Wednesday morning over a lack of electricity.

They have barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks.

Community members claim they don’t have power, despite paying their bills.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department's Wayne Minnaar said: “A main road, which passes Mayibuye Primary School, has been closed for now. A road, which passes by Impala Road is not affected.”

Eskom has conceded that its decision to restrict electricity supply to densely populated communities where illegal connections are rife will also have an impact on citizens who pay their bills.

The utility on Tuesday announced it would implement rotational load shedding in areas like Hillbrow and Soweto, where most houses are illegally connected to the grid resulting in substations being overloaded and exploding.

Eskom's Sikonathi Manthantsha said there were no easy solutions to the problem.

PROTESTERS DISPERSE

Meanwhile, Gauteng police said that the protesting Snake Park residents had now dispersed after taking to the streets over a lack of electricity.

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said: “Police are continuing to monitor the situation in Snake Park after community member barricaded the road since the morning protesting about electricity. We have engaged the councillor who engaged with the leadership of the community.”