Moot streets trashed by alleged sub-contractors

Residents with waste management cleaning up. Photo: Supplied

Moot residents received a nasty shock on Friday when disgruntled metro sub-contractors trashed their streets.

Trucks offloaded rubbish in a number of streets before leaving the residents to clean up the mess.

Angry locals told Rekord the contractors were chanting and screaming during the mayhem.

“I was so frightened because it was only myself and my child in the house when they climbed out of the truck and ran into our property,” she said.

“They emptied our bins on the road as they went from one house to another doing the same thing.”

The resident said police were following the trucks but never attempted to stop the sub-contractors.

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“Some of our dustbins were broken in the process. I don’t feel safe at all after what just experienced with a SAPS vehicle following them,” she said.

“My neighbours and I are now sweeping the streets to protect our tyres from all the broken glass.”

The Tshwane metro denied blame, saying it had issued money to a managing agent to pay the sub-contractors.

“We held up our commitment and payment to our managing agent for waste collection,” said the metro in a statement.

“Unfortunately she did not do the honourable thing of paying their sub-contractors for the services rendered.”

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Tshwane metro said no solution was reached between the managing agent and the contractors.

“Due to their strike and unlawful behaviour, we have a big job ahead of us on cleaning our streets of the waste that was dumped by these contractors,” it said.

“We as a department will take all necessary measures to provide service to Tshwane residents, but we also need to ask your support and patience as we handle this timely matter.”

Ward councillor Elmarie Linde said Steve Biko road, Paul Kruger and Struben were among the streets affected.

“They (contractors) have deployed few trucks to offload rubbish. The waste management department are helping residents to clean-up, but they had to deal with some abuse from contractors who are threatening them.”

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