Sakhiseni Nxumalo
Senior journalist
1 minute read
11 Jul 2022
14:52

WATCH | Disgruntled residents storm uMngeni Municipality’s offices

Sakhiseni Nxumalo

Police officers had their hands full as they fought to block residents from entering the municipal offices after they forcefully opened the gate.

Mpophomeni residents protest outside uMngeni Municipality offices.

Mpophomeni residents stormed the uMngeni Municipality’s offices, in Howick, on Monday morning demanding their electricity be restored.

At least 150 houses from the Korea and Japan section in Mpophomeni Township have been without electricity since Tuesday after a transformer blew up, which uMngeni blamed on overloading due to illegal connections.

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The municipality decided that it would first do a meter audit to disconnect the illegal connections and meters that were tampered before fixing the transformer. However, a group of Mpophomeni residents took to the streets on Saturday and Sunday to protest against the meter audit.

On Monday, some of the residents moved from the R617 to uMngeni offices where the situation became tense as they blockaded the main gate demanding electricity be restored in Mpophomeni.

Police officers had their hands full as they fought to block residents from entering the municipal offices after they forcefully opened the gate.