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Herman Mashaba vows to clean up Johannesburg

The mayor announced Pikitup workers will work double shifts, while the JMPD will increase policing efforts.

FILE: Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/ EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has announced Pikitup will double up on shifts to make the city cleaner, while the Johannesburg Metro Police Department will bolster visible policing.

Mashaba delivered his inaugural speech yesterday at the city's council meeting.

He says he is already working with different agencies and institutions to make Johannesburg better.

"I have already begun work with Pikitup to ensure shift work in the inner city is doubled to address the filth. The JMPD has also agreed to intensify efforts to enforce by-laws in the area and step up visible policing."

The mayor has also announced that he's putting the brakes on the city's bicycle lane project, until every road in the city has been tarred.

The project was rolled out in parts of the city in 2014 while the African National Congress (ANC) was in charge.

At the same time, he says will not allow motorists to be harassed about e-tolls in his city .

Since 2014, many Gauteng motorists have complained that Johannesburg Metro Police officers have stopped them on the roads to check if they have e-tags.

Before he became mayor, Mashaba signed a pledge promising to intensify the Democratic Alliance's fight to have e-tolls scrapped.

LISTEN: Parks Tau reacts to Herman Mashaba halting bicycle lane project

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