Alex residents accuse City Power of failing them as illegal connections cut

Residents in River Park took to the streets after City Power, police and metro police descended on the nearby Alex Mall.

City Power workers remove illegal power lines in River Park and London Road in Alexandra on 21 September 2021. Picture: @CityPowerJhb/Twitter

ALEXANDRA - There's been a tense standoff between residents of Alexandra and Joburg City Power officials who have been trying to remove illegal connections.

Residents in River Park took to the streets after City Power, police and metro police descended on the nearby Alex Mall.

Residents started throwing stones and burning tyres, while police fired rubber bullets.

Residents have accused City Power of failing them, saying that the last time that power utility spokesperson Isaac Mangena was in Alexandra, he promised not to remove the illegal connections.

This was until the process of having the residents registered for proper connectivity was carried out.

Residents shouted at Mangena, accusing him of failing them.

“You’re cutting electricity for what? He can’t even face us, he’s a liar and is now protected by the police,” one resident said.

But Mangena said that they were losing billions of rands due to illegal connections and exploding infrastructure caused by the overloading of the network.

“The city is incurring serious losses due to the illegal connections. We’ve got cases where substations and cables blow up.”

City Power has vowed to go back and remove the illegal connections.

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