Cops watching Alex Pikitup drama closely

2016-03-28 11:18

Johannesburg - Police are monitoring Alexandra following attacks on temporary Pikitup workers as they tried to clean up rubbish in the township on Sunday night.

Officers had been deployed to strategic locations, police spokesperson Major Mack Mngomezulu said on Monday.

“We are monitoring the situation closely, and after we made some arrests last night the people seemed to calm down. We believe that some of the people who attacked the temporary staff are permanently employed by Pikitup,” he said.

Several refuse trucks were attacked and one worker was stabbed while collecting rubbish. One truck suffered damage estimated at R15 000.

The City of Johannesburg said on its Twitter page that nine of its trucks were attacked while collecting refuse in the township, and two people were arrested.

Pikitup spokespeople could not immediately be reached for comment.

About 3000 Pikitup workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers Union had been striking illegally for two weeks. They wanted inconsistencies in salary grades addressed and the company's managing director Amanda Nair to resign.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.