Power cuts anger Mamelodi residents

Residents of Extension 5, Mamelodi East barricaded the entrance to Stanza Bopape Community Hall. Photo Stephen Selaluke.

Mamelodi residents went on a rampage damaging property and looting public amenities on Tuesday morning in protest against power outages lasting two days.

Residents caused damage at a housing project office site and allegedly stole building material. The roof tiles of a municipal building at the Stanza Bopape community hall were damaged and a few windows were broken.

Residents said they were angry because they had not been informed about the power cuts and took their frustration to the streets.

Resident Samuel Mabena said enough was enough with the power cuts and the problem was getting worse every day.

“We as residents are not informed about the power cuts. We are surviving on takeaway food and it is very expensive. Our electrical appliances get damaged due to power surge and food gets spoiled in our refrigerators,” said Mabena.

“The electricity problem has become a nightmare as it is happening almost every day. We are tired.”

Residents barricaded most of the roads towards extension 5 in Mamelodi East, forcing traffic to come to a standstill.

Electricity to extension 5 was restored on Tuesday afternoon, but residents said they were not happy because they were not sure if the problem had been permanently fixed.

Some of the residents who wished not to named said they were not happy with the demolition of municipal buildings or damage to property.

“It is winter and our children are freezing cold as they prepare to go to school because they have to bath in cold water in the morning,” said a resident.

Other places affected by regular power cuts are Nellmapius and the far east of Mamelodi.

Police spokesperson Captain Michael Mbewe said no arrests were made by the police, but a case of public violence was reported.

“The police monitored the situation by preventing the angry residents from attacking other municipal buildings.”

Tshwane metro had not responded by the time of going to press.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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