FED-UP with bad service delivery, Orange Farm residents emptied their refuse bins at their ward councillor’s doorstep.
According to one resident, who declined to be identified because he works at the municipal office, ward councillor Lindelwa June Nhose had “dared us to do as we saw fit”, when they complained about the lack of waste removal services. “We rose to the challenge,” he said.
The residents, from ward 3, made sure they had “collected enough bins to make a statement”.
They claim they complained that Pikitup, the waste management company, had not serviced the area since December 16.
They also claim they had approached the company’s area manager who informed them that the compact trucks used to load waste bins had broken down.
“We didn’t believe him. We approached the head office who told us they were not aware of the problem. When we approached our councillor, she gave us attitude and so we reacted,” said Pule Semahla, one of the protest organisers.
Residents wheeled their rubbish bins to Nhose’s front yard and emptied the waste on it on Saturday afternoon. According to Semahla, it was a “filthy sight”.
He said worms, maggots, and flies were everywhere and “you had to hold your breath”.
This is not the first time that Nhose has come under fire from the residents.
In July, the residents took to the streets to protest about their dissatisfaction with Eskom’s plan to install new prepaid meter boxes. The boxes were to cost R2 000 a household.
The protest reached a climax at Nhose’s offices at the multi-purpose centre.
The ward councillor had to be escorted out by the police as the crowd had turned rowdy, with roads being blocked and certain properties vandalised.
“We did not want to behave in this manner, but we were left with no choice,” added Semahla, who said they had tried to minimise the waste over the festive season by burning their rubbish.
The refuse in their area was finally collected on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Nhose’s cellphone was switched off. Pikitup did not respond to questions before the time of going to press.