Power to the people - if they pay 'rackets'

24 January 2021 - 00:00 By PHILANI NOMBEMBE and ARON HYMAN

Extortion syndicates are using electricity supply to exploit informal settlements.

People in Azania, a settlement of about 2,500 shacks in Stellenbosch, pay "the rackets" about R700 a month to keep the lights on. Businesses owned by foreigners pay thousands more in protection fees...

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