PORT ELIZABETH - Residents of Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth are protesting the removal of illegal electrical connections in the area by the municipality earlier in the day.
It's reported the disconnections at a substation were made without any prior warning.
According to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the illegal connections were situated at the Walmer Gqebera Areas G and N.
The action was prompted by a recommendation during a community meeting that this should be done to avoid damage to electricity transformers in the area, the municipality reported.
In retaliation, protesters set fire to a car wash and threatened to burn down a local councillor's office.
Residents say they’ll continue protesting until their power is restored.
Meanwhile, a strong police presence continues to monitor the tense situation.
Walmer Township: Residents started protesting when illegal electricity connections were disconnected. pic.twitter.com/DfJ8Zf28SH"— Luyolo njena (@irepwalmer) May 15, 2014
Heugh Road between 8th and 10th Avenue is closed. So is Victoria Drive. Due to protest action.— The Herald PE (@HeraldPE) May 15, 2014
Avoid 8th Avenue, 9 Avenue and 10th Avenue in Walmer as well as Victoria Drive and Villiers R... http://t.co/7B9fvRZ1u2— NelsonMandelaBayMuni (@NMBmunicipality) May 15, 2014
Police are warning motorists to stay away from the 9th Avenue and Heugh Road intersection in Walmer. Pl are burning buildings and tyres.— The Herald PE (@HeraldPE) May 15, 2014
Protest in Walmer Township, Port ELizabeth heavy police presence. pic.twitter.com/e3ChNXiETj— AlgoaFMNews (@AlgoaFMNews) May 15, 2014
The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is removing illegal electricity cables in Walmer Township. Very angry residents. pic.twitter.com/mnPZ0AaIrv— The Herald PE (@HeraldPE) May 15, 2014