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Rubbish plagues JHB streets as Pikitup strike continues

Rubbish is piled high on the pavements, making it difficult for pedestrians to walk in JHB CBD.

Pikitup employees affiliated to Samwu embarked on an unprotected strike through the streets of Johannesburg. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There appears to be no end in sight to the refuse crisis in the City of Johannesburg as Pikitup employees continue with their strike.

Yesterday, workers threw rubbish onto the streets and overturned bins in the CBD.

They have been protesting for over four months over wages and allegations of misconduct against managing director Amanda Nair.

The Johannesburg CBD is full of litter following another protest by Pikitup employees.

Rubbish is piled high on the pavements making it difficult for pedestrians to walk.

Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu says because of intimidation they have not been able to remove refuse.

In the suburbs, the situation is also dire, overflowing and uncollected bins line the streets causing a health hazard.