Police, power protesters clash in Soweto
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Angry Orlando residents in Soweto took to the streets to vent their anger against the Eskom’s move to install prepaid electricity meters. According to reports residents want Eskom to write off their arrears, most of which run into tens of thousands of rands, before changing their supply to prepaid meters. Eskom wants them to acknowledge their debt, pay R1 000 towards the arrears, have their prepaid units activated and start buying electricity vouchers.
Running battles ensued between police and protesters, with protesters stoning police, who responded with more rubber bullets. A large part of Nicholas Road was barricaded with burning tyres and rubble.