Christmas bonus demand is trash talk

2011-12-23 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality yesterday warned refuse collectors who refuse to pick up bags from households if residents don’t give them “Christmas bonuses”, saying they will face disciplinary action if caught.

The Witness was alerted to this practice by a resident who asked not to be named, who claimed that refuse collectors refused to pick up her rubbish because she did not give them a Christmas bonus.

“The guys who collect our rubbish rang my gate today asking for some money. I went out on my verandah and said I don’t have money on me,” she said.

She said they drove off leaving her rubbish behind. “I phoned the municipality and on the first phone call the woman informed me that it’s not a Christmas bonus, but if I would like my rubbish taken then I should just give them something,” she said.

The resident said she later phoned the council again and spoke to someone else, who said “she would get the supervisor to come and collect it”.

Msunduzi Municipality acting spokesperson, Nqobile Madonda said refuse collectors are paid monthly and also get a thirteenth cheque. “The ‘Christmas bonus’ is not condoned by the municipality, although residents may give if they so desire,” said Madonda.

She said if refuse collectors refuse to collect the refuse, “the matter is a disciplinable offence”. “The details of the incident must be reported to the municipality and disciplinary action will be followed,” she said.

Meanwhile, municipality employees who clean the public toilets also asked for Christmas bonus from the members of the public who need to use the facilities.

“Public toilet services are provided free of charge. Any attempt to solicit gifts payment in any form whatsoever for the use of public toilets is not condoned and must be reported to the municipality for disciplinary action to be taken,” Madonda said.

People can contact the operations manager in charge, N. Masikane or lodge complaints by phoning 033 3925 359.

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