Thabiso Goba
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21 Jun 2022
09:45

Durban councillor’s office torched during service delivery protest

Thabiso Goba

Angry community members in Klaarwater, Durban, allegedly torched the ward councillor’s office during a service delivery protest on Monday night.

Angry community members in Klaarwater, Durban, allegedly torched the ward councillor’s office during a service delivery protest on Monday night.

The community of Klaarwater has been without a consistent supply of electricity for a few days due to infrastructure damage to the area’s substations.

Community members were apparently unhappy with ward 17 councillor, Sibusiso Khwela.

In pictures sent to The Witness, the eThekwini Municipality customer service centre building, which also houses the councillor’s office, was torched on the outside.

The doors and windows of the building were damaged inside the office.

Khwela told The Witness that the area has been experiencing power outages since the April floods which damaged the underground cables.

“The municipality was aware of the outage and it had not even been 24-hours since the electricity went off so there was obviously an element of people wanting to be naughty,” he said.

Khwela said he did not report to his office on Tuesday morning as the building was badly damaged.

Residents of KwaNdengezi, about 13 kilometres from Klaarwater, have also been engaged in service delivery protests over the past couple of days due to no electricity.

The eThekwini Municipality said the Marriannridge major substation was experiencing “intermittent load constraints on the circuit feeding KwaNdengezi and Zwelibomvu”.

The municipality said an overload on the circuit causes the electricity to trip during the peak hours between 4pm to 10pm.

“After electricity has tripped out, the municipality must energise all the circuits until full supply is restored. However, there are times where the municipality initiates load reduction to prevent total loss of power supply to these areas,” the municipality said in a statement.

“As an interim solution, the municipality is redirecting the medium voltage cable feeder to the Mariannridge major substation. This is expected to be completed within a week”.

On Monday, the eThekwini Municipality began its rotational water rationing programme for many parts of Durban.

The rationing, which includes four-hour water cuts, is expected to last a year until two raw water pipes belonging to Umgeni Water are fixed.