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Pikitup calls on security sector to help with back-up plan

Pikitup's Jacky Mashapu says Pikitup needs more security personnel to deter unidentified attackers.

Rubbish has been strewn on the streets of Johannesburg following another violent demostration in the city. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Waste management company Pikitup is appealing to members of the security sector to volunteer their services as it executes its contingency clean-up plan.

The company says it needs more people to help protect temporary workers who have taken over the duties of striking employees.

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau has blamed disgruntled Pikitup workers for the shooting of two refuse trucks in Nasrec on Wednesday night.

The waste management company says it spends approximately R1 million daily to outsource temporary staff and hire security officials to escort them.

Spokesperson Jacky Mashapu says Pikitup needs more security personnel to deter unidentified attackers.

"This call is to all the regions in Johannesburg because we realised that we need partners to help us. In certain areas people have volunteered, people from the security sector and neighbourhood watch."