As refuse piles up on Johannesburg’s streets, the city insists it is trying to resolve the problem.
The municipality said it has employed some private teams to take up the slack from striking Pikitup workers, who downed tools last week over issues including wages.
The city’s Gabu Tugwana said they have hired private security to ensure landfill sites remain open for residents to dump their own garbage.
“We find that there are people there who claim to be our employees, who are not. They interfere by intimidating people,” said Tugwana.
The city has now threatened the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) with court action saying it has addressed all its demands.