Tembisa residents protest over prepaid electricity

Tembisa residents on Monday took to the streets to protest against high electricity charges barely a week after the Soweto riots that saw at least two homes and cars belonging to ANC councillors being torched.

In Tembisa, residents blockaded roads from the early hours and protested throughout the day, with some threatening to expand their action to the entire township if their demands were not met.

The most affected sections were Mthambeka and Phomolong.

According to Moleseng Mogane, secretary of the Tembisa Residents Association, residents felt the government was ignoring their grievances. “This (today’s protest) was the tip of an iceberg; now it has gathered momentum.

“The residents are angry because the government did not respond to the memorandum they gave to the office of the premier in May,” he said.

Apparently, the residents are protesting that their prepaid meters charge even when people have run out of electricity. This meant that some residents end up owing the municipality hundreds of rands yet they are on a prepaid electricity system. But the municipality’s spokesperson, Zweli Dlamini, said the council was in the process of upgrading the system.

Police spokesperson Tebogo Sesing said the protest was peaceful and there were no casualties.

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