Johannesburg - There was an exchange of bullets and stones in running battles between protesters and the police at Pikitup’s Selby depot in Joburg on Tuesday.
The ongoing violent demonstrations saw operations being halted for the second day as former employees disrupted the waste-management service and demanded their jobs back. Women protesters stripped naked and accused the company of engaging in a jobs-for-pals scheme.
Former Pikitup employee Sangwani Chisimba worked as a contractor between 2010 and 2011 and claimed that company refused to retain them in their jobs because of the jobs for-pals scheme.
“Now the company is hiring people from outside our province. We saw people from other provinces being employed here. When they cut our jobs in 2011, our agreement was that they would hire us permanently after five years. But now they are hiring people who are not part of our agreement plan.”
The protesters picketed at the entrance to the depot, singing Struggle songs and demanding answers from Pikitup’s management when police fired rubber bullets and a high-velocity water cannon to disperse them.