ANGRY squatters from Bekkersdal, west of Joburg, brought their kasi to a standstill yesterday after taking to the streets.They wanted the municipality to live up to its promise to install electricity.“We were promised that before the election, about 2 600 units would be installed in our area,” an angry resident said. “But the municipality failed to deliver on its promise, which is why we’re protesting.”The protesters wanted to march to the Westonaria Municipality, but police stopped them by firing rubber bullets.Motorists couldn’t drive past because the streets were barricaded with burning tyres and stones. When the SunTeam arrived, police were firing rubber bullets at protesters who were looting a supermarket. Shop owner Masala Abacho told Daily Sun that foreigners feared for their lives.“We’re not safe here. “The police did their best to protect us,” he said. “The only thing left is for us to pack up what’s left of our stock and leave.”Thabo Shumane (32) lashed the protesters: “This is no longer a protest. Shops are being looted and people are vandalising property that’s supposed to help them.”Provincial cops spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele condemned the protesters. “A construction site that had nothing to do with the protest was vandalised in the name of protesting over electricity.”He said that one person was arrested.“We have sent more police to the area as the protest is out of hand. “We registered cases of malicious damage to property.”
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