Pikitup refuse removal trucks torched and stoned in Soweto allegedly by protesting hostel dwellers who are forcefully demanding jobs from the waste management company of the city of Johannesburg.
One Pikitup truck was set alight in Diepkloof Zone Six at the Corner of Chris Hani and Nicholas Roads. Fortunately, the driver of the truck was not harmed during the incident. He was at first kept hostage by the protesters and released by SAPS. The other waste collection truck was stoned near UJ Soweto Campus. A Johannesburg Roads Agency vehicle was also stoned and damaged in the same road. A group of protestors who are alleged to be hostel residents have been picketing outside the Pikitup’s Central Camp Depot since Monday the 20th of August 2018, burning tyres and locking gates, demanding jobs.
Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba said service delivery to the residents of the city was a priority and the law enforcement agencies must ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
The job seekers also picketed/demonstrated at Pikitup’s Zondi, Ivory Park and Midrand Depots for more than a week demanding jobs. The effect of the demonstrations is that Pikitup services in areas serviced by these depots have been disrupted. The protestors are demanding employment from the waste management entity despite the fact that the current insourcing project, which is underway is meant for former Jozi@Work and 2010 former employees. The insourcing project is a Mayoral directive following the scrapping of the Jozi@Work programme. Following the Mayoral decision, Pikitup was tasked with insourcing both sets of former employees based on budget availability. Pikitup will inform residents in due course on when services will resume in the affected areas.
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