JOHANNESBURG - Joburg's waste-management utility Pikitup was on Wednesday unable to render services in Yeoville, Bellevue and Bellevue East due to ongoing violent protests east of the inner city.
Residents in Yeoville have been staging violent protests since Monday, blocking off roads with rocks and burning tyres after a man was allegedly shot dead at a petrol station by Joburg metro police during the commission of an armed robbery.
In a statement, MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Nico de Jager said refuse collection, street cleaning and the clearing of illegal dumping had not been rendered in these areas and the disruption had resulted in large quantities of waste being illegally dumped.
"In a recent incident, a Pikitup driver was forced by a residents to empty a truck full of waste in the middle of Yeo Street, next to the police station. The driver attempted to resist, but was threatened with violence," De Jager said.
"Over the past couple of days Pikitup employees have tried to service the area, but have been forced out after each attempt. Pikitup management therefore instructed service delivery to be temporarily halted, until it becomes safe to continue."