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Here’s Why East Residents Protested By Barricading Major Pretoria Road


Nellmapius residents

went on frenzy throughout the end of the week to vent their dissatisfaction with customary power disappointments in the territory.

Many furious occupants blockaded the piece of Solomon Mahlangu Road beside their neighborhood with rocks and flaming

tyres on Saturday morning.

Residents complained to Rekord that there was a power outage “every weekend” and that they “could not continue like this”.

Protesters demanded the problem be fixed as soon as possible.

They complained that they were paying for services every month, only to find themselves going back to using candles again.

Recently a house in Nellmapius burnt down after the family was forced to use candles during yet another power failure in the area.

“The problems have been there all along, but have escalated to other sections in Nellmapius,” said long-time resident Esther Rakololo.

Ester have been living in Nellmapius for more than 10 years.

“We demand mayor Msimanga and his committee come and witness what we are going through every week,” said Rakololo.

“Every time we have a power failure, we are told it is cable theft, but the cable thefts only happen when there is a power failure – how is that possible?”

This latest power failure occurred on Friday mid-day and only ended on Saturday late afternoon around 18:00.

Resident Andries Ndala complained they could not even buy groceries anymore because the food was spoilt every time there was an outage.

He demanded the problem be fixed permanently.

“We want a neighbourhood watch in Nellmapius to guard the cables, because every time there is a power failure in Nellmapius, the cables are stolen,” said Ndala.

Residents also wanted to know why people who were paying for bond houses in Nellmapius 1 were not experiencing the same problem.

Local councillor Thabo Ntlatleng blamed cable thefts and scrapyards for the power failure.

He said the stolen electricity cables in Nellmapius were being sold at scrap yards.

Ntlatleng said that cables had been stolen from 14 houses in Nellmapius.

Metro spokesperson Goitsemang Molaeng told Rekord technicians had attended a power failure affecting Waltloo substation due to the theft of three main feeder cables.

“The cables were replaced and power was restored,” said Molaeng.

The theft left the following areas without power: Nellmapius extensions 2 and 4, Savanna Estate and N4 gateway.

Residents were advised to treat all electrical points as live.

Affected residents were urged to report power failures by SMS.

They could SMS the word POWER followed by their account number to 082-612-0333 or 44676.

Power outages could also be reported on 012-358-9999, choosing the electricity option, or 080-1111-556.

 

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