Date: Aug 28, 2018

Residents of Protea Glen Ext 24 barricaded roads leading in and out of the neighbourhood and surrounding areas last Thursday in protest of an electricity shutdown instituted by Eskom.

Residents said Eskom had turned their electricity off since last Monday due to them allegedly not buying enough electricity according to a consumption report.

“When they came I thought they were going to fix the electricity pole because it’s problematic but then our electricity just went off with no explanation. It’s not like we bridged our electricity, it’s just that we buy it from illegal vendors,” said a resident, Boitshoko Molokoane.

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Eskom also withdrew its services from the area until the area was safe. It also said it would only reconnect the residents who paid the R6052, 06 fine.

A delegation was sent to the Eskom offices in Randfontein by the residents, upon arrival at the Eskom offices the residents drew up a memorandum with a list detailing their demands.

“Our first demand was for [Eskom] to reconnect those who have been disconnected, the second one was to enter into a payment agreement with those who have tampered with electricity and the third one is that there should be some form of education because Eskom’s tariffs are not consistent.

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