The City of Johannesburg has suspended two senior officials who were responsible for the bungled Pikitup fleet contract with Avis, which recently led to full rubbish bins piling up for almost a week. The city did not, however, name the officials, with group corporate and shared services spokesperson Luyanda Lunika saying that naming them could jeopardise an investigation into the matter. The officials have been suspended pending the probe into the company’s failure to renew the contract, which provides the city with leased trucks. The city has its own fleet, but leases additional trucks it refers to as an ad-hoc fleet. The investigation would explore whether all steps were taken to try to renew the contract on time. If not, the investigators will look at whether there was malicious intent or negligence. The city has had a strong focus on cleaning up the streets, but Pikitup has suffered setbacks over the past few months, including violent protests over jobs as well as the contract p...

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