Johannesburg – The Ekurhuleni municipality will spend R130m to overhaul the electricity metering system in Tembisa, the mayoral spokesperson said on Friday.
“The project is expected to get underway within the next few weeks with an amount of R700 000 already set aside for this financial year,” Zweli Dlamini said in a statement.
Tembisa residents protested on Friday over billing problems and electricity being disconnected.
They burnt tyres and blocked roads in the area and were intimidating people into staying away from work, said Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Mveli Nhlapo.
Four schools had been closed as a result of the protest.
Metro police fired rubber bullets at protesters who were stoning their vehicles.
“We asked them nicely to stop, but they didn’t so we had no further option but to shoot them with rubber bullets,” he said.