Two arrested after attack on temporary Pikitup workers in Alex

Last night, four people were injured when they were ambushed by a group of people while collecting refuse.

FILE: The temporary workers were in the area implementing Pikitup’s clean up measures while employees are on strike. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says two people have been arrested in connection with a violent attack against temporary Pikitup employees in Alexandra.

Last night, four people were injured when they were ambushed by a group of people while collecting refuse in the northern Johannesburg township.

The temporary workers were in the area implementing Pikitup's clean up measures while employees are on strike.

The four injured drivers were taken to the Alexandra Clinic for treatment.

There have been at least three attacks on outsourced Pikitup employees since the implementation of the company's contingency clean up measures.

But the company says it won't be deterred and will continue to clean the city while its South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) affiliated employees are on strike.

Johannesburg Environment and Infrastructure MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe said, "We have a lot of Pikitup employees in Alexandra so there is suspicion that they could [involved in the attack]. The police are investigating but two of them were arrested."

Earlier this month, workers downed tools over salary disputes and are demanding the resignation of Managing Director Amanda Nair.