CoCT: Protests in Lwandle after illegal power connections cut

Residents of Lwandle and Nomzamo took to the streets and barricaded the N2 highway with burning tyres protesting over lack of service delivery by the City of Cape Town. Residents are allegedly frustrated over the slow roll-out of electricity in the area.

Nineteen people have been arrested for public violence during the protests.

Mayco member for Community Services, Anda Ntsondo says the protests on Monday had nothing to do with service delivery because the community has been apprised of the City's plans.

He says it was communicated very clearly with the community that electricity will be installed early 2018.

We are surprised that there are individuals who decided to do what they did yesterday... I do not think it had anything to do with service delivery.

Anda Ntsondo, Mayco member for Community Services

Ntsondo says the residents went ahead with illegal electricity connections from nearby formal houses and when the owners decided to cut them off, protests ensued with people demanding to have electricity now.

This is something that was not discussed with the local leadership and local councillor...

Anda Ntsondo, Mayco member for Community Services

We are addressing the issue, there is a plan in place and a lot of money put aside. We are providing all four services and we have started with providing water, sanitation and waste removal. It is just electricity that is taking longer.

Anda Ntsondo, Mayco member for Community Services

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