Residents of Johannesburg areas affected by the Pikitup strike are helping contractors clear mounting piles of waste from the streets.
Alexandra has seen a massive improvement in the streets as the residents take the cleaning into their own hands.
This comes after contractors were attacked in the township at the weekend, two weeks into an illegal strike by refuse collectors affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu).
Mayoral committee member for environment and infrastructure services, Tshidi Mfikoe, told News sites that she had been in Alexandra and watched as residents banded together.
“They have answered our call for help and we provided them with bags, gloves, and face masks and they have started clearing the rubbish,” she said.
Mfikoe said Naturena and Cosmo City residents were also taking action, and third party contractors employed by the city to collect refuse were welcoming the help.
“We have had a number of attacks on our third party contractors and fortunately no one has been injured. We had intimidation last night in Turffontein and it has only been in Alexandra where we have seen injuries,” she said.
Police arrested two men and charged them with attempted murder, she said.
She said Samwu had been asked to resume talks with the city. The union wanted an increase in wages and for Pikitup MD Amanda Nair to be suspended.