Residents of Power Park in east Orlando took to the streets Thursday morning, barricading Chris Hani Drive over service issues.

FILE: Police restore peace in Soweto after service delivery protest. Photo: Nokukhanya Mntambo/EWN.

SOWETO – Tensions between some Soweto residents and police have eased after a protesting crowd was dispersed with rubber bullets earlier Thursday.

Residents of Power Park in east Orlando took to the streets, barricading Chris Hani’s driveway.

A disgruntled community wants the local authority to address shortcomings in the provision of services in the area.

The long-running power crisis is also a point of contention, with angry residents saying their power was cut off without notice by City Power.

A member of the community said Eyewitness news that residents want municipal officials to solve their problems.

“It hurts so much. You can’t live three months without electricity, so we are struggling. The reason we’re out there is because we want to be heard.”

So far, calm has returned to the area – the police are still monitoring the situation.

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