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Johannesburg - Klipspruit residents protesting over power cuts clashed with motorists on Sunday.
Their anger drove them to the streets after they had been in the dark since Thursday, in the latest in a series of electricity disruptions in several months.
Their actions spilt over into neighbouring Kliptown, where furious residents also blockading roads with stones and branches. Protesters said they’d clear the areas only when the electricity was back on.
Residents claim they’ve had to battle constantly with cuts in the past three months, and the situation kept getting worse.
A woman, who has a daughter who returned home from hospital on Saturday after giving birth to twins, said the family had to use tap water to make bottles for the newborns.
A community leader, Fred Collins, said that apart from the frequent power cuts, service delivery in their area was virtually nonexistent.
He said the problems started when their ward was moved from Eldorado Park and incorporated into Chiawelo in 2011.
A Joburg City Power official, who identified himself as Norman, said the latest problem would be rectified on Monday.