Johannesburg - A man was arrested on Friday for allegedly burning electricity boxes and for public violence in Thembelihle, south of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said.

The 27-year-old was identified as one of the people who burnt electricity boxes, causing a protest in the area, Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.

“Residents say that people are connecting electricity illegally which causes the electricity to switch off,” he said.

About 100 residents protested about electricity problems on Friday. The residents, who began protesting on Thursday night, blocked roads with burning tyres, rocks, and other objects.

Makhubela said the situation was calm and that around noon protesters were along the sides of the roads, many of which had been reopened to traffic.

“The K43 and Scorpion street have been reopened and the tyres and rocks have been cleaned up,” said Makhubela.

Volta and Capella streets remained closed. Police were monitoring the situation.

Sapa