Soweto residents form road blocks, protest their lack of power

Soweto residents form road blocks, protest their lack of power

- Soweto residents protested a lack of electricity on Thursday

- This comes after a substation fire left parts of Orland East without power

- The protesters dispersed after technicians were sent in to attend to the problem

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Some residents in Orlando East, Soweto have been without power over the last two weeks after a substation caught fire.

With temperatures steadily dropping, some residents say they are struggling without power.

This has led to protests in the area regarding the lack of electricity.

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On Thursday, some residents formed road blocks and protested in the street. 

Patience Nkoe, a resident of Orland East, said that they took to protest action as "that is the only language that Eskom can understand", according to Sowetan Live.

Reportedly, some residents had previously gone to local Eskom offices to ask about the issue. They were told that that their electricity would not be switched back on as they had not paid their electricity bills, has gathered. Soweto's total unpaid Eskom bills are estimated at R18 billion.

Many residents have illegal connections, or else have legitimate access to electricity but refuse to pay their bills. Nkoe said this was a symptom of unemployment. She said that many people simply could not afford to pay for electricity.

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Technicians were reportedly sent in to the area on Thursday to address the substation issue, After they did so, protesters dispersed and road blocks were dismantled.

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