Police fire rubber bullets and teargas at protesting Bekkersdal residents

Bekkersdal residents association leader Thabang Wesi says it is meeting with officials from Rand West Municipality to discuss the electricity shortage in the area.

The meeting comes after residents took to the streets to protest the lack of electricity on Wednesday.

Read: Alexandra residents march to Sandton

Clashes led to police fired rubber bullets and teargas on protesting residents.

Speaking to Ray White on The Xolani Gwala Show, Wesi says one section of the informal settlement has not had access to electricity for the past nine months.

People from the informal settlement are crying that there is a place called Zenzele which was built less than 15 years ago and has electricity. However, part of Bekkersdal informal settlement which is more than 30 years old, has no electricity to date.

Thabang Wesi, Leader - Bekkersdal residents association

Wesi hopes the meeting with reach resolution.

Earlier on, I spoke to the MEC of Human Settlement Uhuru Moiloa who also indicated that he was there when the project to install electricity at the informal settlement was launched; however, there is nothing happening on the ground.

Thabang Wesi, Leader - Bekkersdal residents association

That is why people are saying that they were promised 1500 units of electricity would have been installed but, not even a single unit has been installed.

Thabang Wesi, Leader - Bekkersdal residents association

He says these type of issues always emanate around election time but denies the upcoming election is the motivation for the protest.

Listen below to the full interview:


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