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Residents of West Village in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, have resorted to staging what they refer to as a ‘sit-in’ protest at Eskom offices after failure to be restored.

The community plunged into darkness after an alleged theft of cables in the area. According to Krugersdorp News, the outage began on Sunday, 26 June.

The lack of urgency to resolve the crisis resulted in the sit-in by some and burning of tyres by others.

A resident Jabulani Mahlangu took to Facebook to vent about this crisis.

ESKOM CRISIS EXPLAINED AT WEST VILLAGE

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“We are suffering as West Village residents due to crime which includes cable theft committed by the Zama Zama. SAPS Krugersdorp is failing us as it was reported on Tuesday about cable theft but they are nowhere to be seen.
Yesterday night during another cable theft, there was a serious gunfire exchange. Our lives are at risk yet we pay tax,” he said.

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“Can the MEC please intervene as we also deserve to be protected? As a public servant, it’s my duty to convince members of the community not to blockade roads, and destroy infrastructure while protesting but we end up taking the blame because our so-called government doesn’t respond,” he lashed out.

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