4 February 2016
A protest by Simile residents erupted in Sabie at 03:00 this morning, Thursday 4 February. The strike is in reaction to Thaba Chweu’s (TCM) disconnection of all illegal electricity connections in the informal settlement of Nkannini, Simile.
The strikers blocked all roads by 04:00 as confirmed by Raymond Gouws from the Sabie be Safe group. The roads were; Tweefontein, Mount Anderson, Lydenburg/Nelspruit T-junction and roads to Hazyview and White River. This move prevented anyone from getting to work, learners from attending schools and businesses opening their doors.
By 08:00 the protestors had begun to move into Sabie town itself. The mood of the crowd was aggressive and residents were warned to stay indoors and avoid any confrontation. Confirmed reports by a protected source informed GPS News that many of those participating in the strike were intimidated to do so by strike leaders which included Paul Mokgosinyane.
At 10:00 the action seemed to diminish as some strikers returned home. However, a small group is still present in the town of Sabie and are intimidating people. All businesses are still closed. The protestors are demanding that senior TCM officials speak to them regarding their grievances.
GPS News reported the events as they developed, live on radio 100.5fm.
To view more photo’s of the protest action go to http://gpsnews.co.za/?p=15937 or go to Galleries Community.
Photo’s: Eikon Photography