The uThukela District Municipality building in Ladysmith was evacuated before noon and locked down on Tuesday, with a private company contracted to clean the reception, corridors and certain offices in the three-storey building.
Employees, who asked not to be named, said operations came to a standstill around 10am on Monday after water and sanitation employees demanded to be addressed by the municipality’s management.
“We were going about with our morning routine when the front entrance was blockaded with municipal vans, and some sewer trucks were trailing behind the vans. A short while after they were addressed by management members, we saw them retreating to the vans, opening the tailgates and then the s**t hit the fan. We later realised that there was no escape route as the exit gate was also blocked,” said one employee.
Another said the protesters had carried the buckets of sewage in the vans. These were then carted into the building and emptied in the reception, corridors and in some offices.