Mayor of the Govan Mbeki municipality in Mpumalanga Thandi Ngxonono has conceded that they do lack the capacity to provide residents with uninterrupted electricity.

He has blamed this on Eskom for having reduced the amount of electricity it provides to the municipality.

Ngxonono says they are engaging Eskom on the matter.

He says: “Our capacity was reduced by Eskom. We were at 37 megawatts and then they decided to reduce by three which made the situation worse. We are engaging with them to see if they can return the three megawatts.”

Violent protests flared up in Embalenhle township in Secunda this week.

Residents accusing the municipality of cutting the power supply, torched several buildings including a shopping mall, post office and a petrol station.