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Tensions high: Protest action looms after Sol blocks electricity meters

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Angry residents of several wards in Kimberley have threatened to take their frustrations to the streets on Monday following the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s decision to block their electricity meters earlier this week.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality’s decision to implement electricity meter blockages has sparked outrage, leading to threats of street protests on Monday. File picture: Danie van der Lith

ANGRY residents of several wards in Kimberley have threatened to take their frustrations to the streets on Monday following the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s decision to block their electricity meters earlier this week.

The electricity cuts were reportedly implemented in Phutanang, the Galeshewe Civic Centre and Roodepan.

Santa residents have already taken to barricading roads with burning tyres on Saturday morning, demanding that their electricity be unblocked.

Reports indicate that the roads were cleared for traffic after residents learned that no municipal delegates were available to engage with them over the weekend.

In response to the mounting tension, the municipality issued a notice to extend its working hours to Sunday to facilitate account payment arrangements.

A notice issued by the local authority reads, “The Sol Plaatje Municipality hereby informs all clients that need to make account payment arrangements that our offices are open today (Sunday) until 3pm.”

Community meetings have been organised in several city wards on Sunday to map the way forward regarding protest action.

Many residents have expressed anger over the timing of the blockages, especially considering that financial constraints affect most households at this time of the month.

Social media has become a platform for venting frustration, with some residents expressing anger at being left in darkness after being “used for votes” in the recent elections.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mothibi said that a significant number of residents have responded to the call to make payment arrangements.

However, tensions remain high as residents seek a resolution from the municipality.

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