Go-slow leaves piles of litter

2014-05-27 00:00

VISITORS to Pietermaritzburg yesterday for the KZN premier’s inauguration were welcomed with black garbage bags as decorations and streets strewn with filth.

Garbage in Scottsville, the main entry point into the city from the N3, has not been collected since Friday. The unsightly welcome was due to a go-slow by workers in the Msunduzi waste department who met last Friday over grievances about money and an allegation against a senior manager they said was fraudulently claiming overtime.

The result of the go-slow was evident yesterday morning after an eventful weekend. With extra buses bringing people in from outlying areas for the Royal Show, bus depots downtown were piled high with litter.

Resident Jay Moodley, who had visitors from out of town, said she felt very embarrassed. “How can we call ourselves the capital city?” she asked.

Moodley said the situation was particularly disgraceful as yesterday was the premier’s inauguration as well as the Royal Show, when the city should have put on its best display.

Deputy municipal manager for community services, Boniwe Zulu, issued a statement saying there were currently challenges at waste management that have caused the staff not to collect refuse. Zulu said service providers had started cleaning certain areas within the city and that normal collections should resume today.

Municipality waste department employees began their go-slow on Friday when they blockaded the entrance to their municipal building in Havelock Road.

— Witness Reporter.

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