HUNDREDS of shack dwellers went on the rampage, blockading roads, stoning cars and clashing with police after municipal workers cut off their illegal electricity connections in Port Elizabeth’s Walmer township yesterday.
A woman was injured when police opened fire with rubber bullets to quell the violent protest, while a car-wash was set alight and a ward councillor’s office attacked.
However, following a brief meeting with municipal officials last night it was decided to put the protests on hold until community leaders met with the municipal management today.
The so-called “izinyoka” connections – wired to residents’ electricity boxes and main power sources – cost the city R93-million in the past nine months and claimed another life this week after a three-year-old Missionvale child was electrocuted. – Alvené du Plessis, Riaan Marais and Yoliswa Sobuwa
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