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24 held for electrocution protest

By SAPA Time of article published Oct 8, 2014

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Durban - At least 24 people were arrested on Wednesday following protests in Tongaat, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

The 24 would face charges of public violence, spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said in a statement.

The afternoon Daily News reported that the protesters from the Emona area of Tongaat converged on the eThekwini municipal offices in Tongaat demanding to meet mayor James Nxumalo.

According to the report, they were angry about the deaths of a teenager and two men on Tuesday. A 19-year old man was electrocuted while illegally making a connection to the electricity supply. He fell into a swamp, his 23-year old brother tried to save him, but was also electrocuted.

A 17-year-old boy tried in vain to rescue the two, but succumbed to his injuries en route to a local clinic.

The protesters wanted to be connected to the electricity grid to prevent illegal connections and similar tragedies.

Sapa

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