Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Klipspruit, Soweto - Blackout Meets Violence

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On Wednesday night, residents of Klipspruit and surrounding areas embarked on a violent protest. It was sparked by the shortage of electricity in the area, which residents say has been ongoing for the past week. Several cars were burned in the protest, in which the Klipspruit Eskom base was attacked.

Seven cars, some belonging to Eskom employees, were on Wednesday night burned beyond recognition by angry Klipspruit residents whose frustration at the shortage of electricity in the area had spilled over. Later, another eight cars were burned and several others damaged with bricks.

Soweto SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said 15 cars were burned in the violence, adding that a case of public violence and malicious damage to property had been opened. "Police are still investigating the incidents to confirm the identity of those individuals who were involved in the savagery so that they can be arrested. For now the situation is calm but we cannot predict if it will resume tonight," Makhubela said on Thursday.

Around 1pm on Thursday, Makhubela, who was at the scene, said police would continue to monitor the situation and that no one had been arrested yet.

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