Johannesburg - Scavengers in search of recyclable goods at a busy landfill site made a discovery they had not bargained for.
Among the waste, under the hot winter sun, were the rotting remains of two people, including those of an 8-year-old boy.
The collectors were sorting through the rubbish for plastic, cardboard and other recyclables, which are dumped at the Simmer and Jack landfill site in Germiston, on Wednesday when they found two bodies in the rubble.
One waste collector, who asked not to be identified, told The Star on Friday morning that it was a harrowing sight.
“I could see the bodies, but I was too scared to get close,” he said. “One of them was a child; I don’t understand how they ended up here because there are a lot of security guards checking on people who come in.”