PE protesters set Walmer alight

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Residents protesting in Walmer township after the municipality disconnected their illegal cables from a substation in Port Elizabeth.

Residents protesting in Walmer township after the municipality disconnected their illegal cables from a substation in Port Elizabeth.

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Residents protesting in Walmer township after the municipality disconnected their illegal cables from a substation in Port Elizabeth.

Residents protesting in Walmer township after the municipality disconnected their illegal cables from a substation in Port Elizabeth.

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&39;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&39;s office.

Residents say they’ll continue protesting until their power is restored.

Meanwhile, a strong police presence continues to monitor the tense situation.