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Four killed in Thembisa protests

A government building was torched by Thembisa protesters on Monday. The death toll has reached four.
A government building was torched by Thembisa protesters on Monday. The death toll has reached four.
Image: Crime Air Network via Twitter

The death toll in the Thembisa protests on Monday evening rose to four.

This was confirmed by Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Kelebogile Thepa.

Thepa told SABC TV that in addition to the two deaths reported earlier, two further fatalities were noted.

“It is alleged this emanated from an attempted ATM  bombing.”

Thembisa residents protesting against electricity cuts for defaulting customers and “high municipal rates” damaged a substation, sparking outrage from other residents who fear power outages are next.

A government building was also torched, according to social media posts.

Some roads in the area had been blocked with rocks since Sunday night by protesters.

Gauteng premier David Makhura also condemned the violent protests.

“We acknowledge that residents have the democratic right to express their grievances. However, communities must express their grievances in a responsible and constructive manner. The violent and destructive nature of these protests is unacceptable.”

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