MEC to resolve issue with 'bare bum' protesters

Some Soweto residents have not had their bucket toilets emptied in three months.

"Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in Soweto who were reportedly baring their bottoms to motorists driving by on 11 June 2014. Picture: The Star

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng's housing MEC Jacob Mamabolo said poor relationships between provincial government and contractors will be a thing of the past, as he steps in to mend the ties and ensure contractors are paid on time.

Mamabolo was reacting to a so called 'poo protest' by Soweto residents who've not had their bucket toilets emptied in three months.

Diepkloof residents took to the streets yesterday burning tyres, disrupting traffic and baring their bottoms to passing motorists.

It's subsequently emerged the company hired to remove the waste had not been paid by the city in three months.

Mamabolo said he's identified this as a problem area and will aim to fix it as soon as possible.

"My priority is to check contract management and service provider management. We will not have the poor management between ourselves and contractors."