MMC's home petrol-bombed in Soweto amid Pikitup strike

It could not confirmed whether the incident was linked to the ongoing violent Pikitup strike.

FILE: No one was at the home of MMC Mfikoe when her Soweto home was torched. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg has confirmed the house of a senior official has been torched.

But it's unclear if this is related to the ongoing Pikitup strike.

MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe's home has been torched, but could not confirm whether it was linked to the ongoing violent Pikitup strike, which she is dealing with.

About 4,000 Pikitup workers affiliated to South African Municipal Workers Union(Samwu) embarked on an unprotected strike, almost a month ago, demanding better salaries of between R8,000 and R10,000 for the lowest paid worker.

The City has since contracted private companies to help with the refuse removal, but also rely heavily on the community for assistance.

Mayor Parks Tau's spokesperson Phindile Chauke says police are investigating a case of arson.

"I can confirm that on Thursday night, a petrol bomb was thrown into MMC Mfikoe's home in Soweto. No one was home at the time and there were no injuries reported. The matter has been handed over to the South African Police Services for investigation."

Last night, the City of Johannesburg, Samwu and Pikitup met to iron out their differences but according to the city, the municipal union insisted that their wage issues be addressed before workers can go back to work.

City of Johannesburg spokesperson Jacky Mashapu said, "It's very unfortunate because the city is doing all it can to come to their level to try and address the problem but it looks like they're taking a very hard stance."

Samwu claims the city angered Pikitup workers when it missed a February deadline to report back with its proposal to address salary disparities.