Helenvale residents vent anger

Shaanaaz de Jager

FRUSTRATED Helenvale residents who have been without electricity since Monday burnt tyres, blocked roads and tried to loot businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday.

Gelvandale High School pupils were sent home at 11am for safety reasons.

Several streets feeding into Kobus Road – including Martin, Voisin and Gail roads – were blocked off by the protesters. They also burnt old furniture and branches, and threw aerosol cans onto the fire to mimic the sound of gunfire.

Stanford Road from opposite the Gelvandale sports field to Windvogel was cordoned off by police to prevent motorists from being stoned. Eight substations had been repaired by yesterday afternoon.

However substations in Malabar and Crossandra in Gelvandale were still being worked on after 5pm. Municipal spokeswoman Marthie Nel said electricity supply to Gelvandale was restored at 2pm yesterday, while the power was expected to be back up in Helenvale and Malabar last night.

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