Protest turns ugly and mayor snubs memorandum

Residents of Sobantu, Pietermaritzburg, try to hand over a memorandum to the mayor against the prepaid electricity system. Picture by Ntombi Mbomvu.

The Sobantu community is demanding that the prepaid electricity system introduced in April last year as a pilot project be abolished. The system deducts 40% of electricity purchases to pay municipal arrears.