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Man shot dead during electricity protest in Alex

Article by:Dumisane Dube

A community member was shot and killed in Riverpark, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday during a clash between angry Alexandra residents and law enforcement.

The 27-year-old man was killed after shots were fired into a crowd of residents who were protesting a City Power operation to cut off illegal electricity connections.

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena says the shots were fired after contractors had already left the area.

“We were informed that there were protests that started after the cut off operations with residents burning tyres along London Road between 13th Avenue and Alex Mall. It’s reported that a confrontation started between the mall security and some of the protesters who wanted to force their way into the mall. A protester was shot and reported to have died in hospital,” said Mangena.

Mangena says Alexandra has several hotspots of illegal connection which is the cause of the frequent outages in the township

“Illegal connectors have also vandalized streetlights in areas that include London Road, and Vasco da Gama. In Riverpark alone City Power has spent about R2.5 million to replace burnt minisub stations and pole-mounted transformers in the past six months alone. It’s worth noting that our mini substations in the area of Riverpark have reached full capacity,” he added

A security guard who allegedly shot the protestor has been arrested, his gun was confiscated and taken for ballistic testing to confirm if he if fired the fatal shot.

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