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Power outages in angry Soweto

Johannesburg - Various areas of Soweto were hit by power outages on Monday evening, Eskom said.

“We are currently experiencing multiple failures resulting in power supply shortages,” Gauteng spokeswoman Reneiloe Semenya told Sapa.

Cars were torched on Wednesday night by the residents of Nancefield Hostel, after they marched to the Eskom Klipspruit technical service centre. Here, the police assess the damage. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The affected areas were Dobsonville, Zola, Molapo, Mapetla and Protea North.

“Eskom is working on the problems. Our technicians are on site trying to diagnose what the problem is,” she said.

Due to the magnitude of the problem, Eskom could not give a time frame of when power would be fully restored to the areas.

“Due to the nature of the problem, power cannot be restored all at once but it will gradually happen,” said Semenya.

She called on residents to be patient and work with Eskom to fix the problem.

The last time there was a power outage in the township, residents went on the rampage and damaged cars as they protested.

About 15 cars were burnt and seven damaged by the angry protesters. Police had to intervene to allow Eskom technicians to fix the cables.

Sapa

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