River Park residents protest as City Power officials remove illegal connections

Residents in River Park took to the streets after seeing City Power, police and Johannesburg Metro Police Department vehicles descending 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

JOHANNESBURG - Tempers were flaring in Alexandra on Tuesday where City Power has once again embarked on an operation to remove illegal connections.

Residents in River Park took to the streets after seeing City Power, police and Johannesburg Metro Police Department vehicles descending on the nearby Alex Mall.

After removing illegally connected wires, residents started throwing stones and burning tyres to prevent officials from doing their job.

Police opened fire with rubber bullets to try and disperse the crowd.

City Power's Isaac Mangena said: “We were basically conducting operations to cut off illegal connections along London Road and also River Park. We were not welcomed and there was obviously some resistance that happened, but we managed to cut off the illegal connections.”

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