Three power boxes in the Tembalithle informal settlement, south of Johannesburg, that were burnt down on Tuesday morning, were allegedly set alight by the protesters.
Residents have been protesting over poor service delivery, including having no electricity, for a week.
A protester told Jacaranda News that they burnt down the electricity boxes because they wanted other areas without power to feel what they had to suffer. “Electricity is not a privilege; it’s a right of humanity. Now that we are angry we will do whatever we can do, so that they can understand…they can deliver services to us.”
Protesters are engaged in running battles with the police, while officers retaliate with rubber bullets.
Nick Adims (16), who was not part of the protest, said he was hiding in a toilet when rubber bullet went through the shelter and wounded him in the upper leg. He said the police came in and physically assaulted him and his friend. According to Adims the police beat them several times. Later police helped him write a statement in order to report the assault.
Another man was wounded by a rubber bullet while sleeping in his house.
Police are patrolling the informal settlement with shotguns and riot shields.