Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says interruptions to the city’s refuse removal services over the past two weeks have been "politically motivated". In a statement on Wednesday, Mashaba said that politically motivated protests had taken place outside Pikitup depots in the Soweto, Midrand, Diepsloot and Ivory Park areas over the past two weeks, and that those protests were in response to the city’s insourcing of contract workers to Pikitup. "We have received intelligence from individuals that former temporary contract workers are being approached by political forces in an effort to instigate instability within the city’s cleaning services," Mashaba said. Mashaba said when the decision to insource contract workers was announced, it was clear that the city could only take a defined number of people, and that clear criteria were agreed to through engagements with key stakeholders in the organised labour and contract worker spaces on the matter. Mashaba said the city was "sympathetic" t...

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