[johannesburg] - Shops looted, buildings burned in 2 days of protest in Heidelberg

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Chaos has erupted in Ratanda, Heidelberg, after protesters set buildings alight and looted shops, police and locals say.

The protests, which began on Monday and continued on Tuesday, appear to be over a lack of electricity in the area, police said.

"Yesterday [Monday], there was a protest because electricity had been cut off by the local municipality. It escalated to looting. Police are on scene attempting to bring calm," police spokesperson Captain Thivhulawi Tshilate said.

He said that a supermarket had also been set alight on Monday evening, but could not confirm the name of the establishment.

Thus far, 54 people had been arrested, including 12 minors who were released into their parents' custody....

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