UPDATE: Striking workers remove driver from truck

UPDATE: 25 November 2015, 4pm – According to former Kaizer Chief’s midfielder David Mathebula, he was not in the car when the truck crashed into it.

Mathebula speaking with JMPD officers near his vehicle.

Mathebula speaking with JMPD officers near his vehicle.

UPDATE: 25 November 2015, 15:30 – At Stiemens Street, striking workers allegedly forced a driver out of a waste collection truck.

The truck then rolled down the street and crashed into a parked BMW on the street and then into a tree.

Some business operators are selling goods from behind burglar bars.


It is believed that the BMW 1 Series belongs to former Kaizer Chief’s midfielder David Mathebula.

No one was injured during this incident.


UPDATE: 25 November 2015, 15:15pm – There is heavy police presence outside Pikitup’s Head Office in Braamfontein.

The heavy police presence comes after South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) members allegedly tried to burn down the building.

There are about 50 South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) marching on Jorissen Street in Braamfontein singing liberation songs.

Thousands of workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) went on strike, demanding salary increases and better working conditions.

On 25 November, residents of suburbs in Johannesburg were warned to keep their waste bins inside their properties because Pikitup refuse collection as the strike had still not been resolved.

Managing director Amanda Nair of Pikitup had secured a court interdict preventing workers from continuing with their “unprotected strike”.

Click here to read: Fire in Braamfontein

The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) chairman at Pikitup, Johannes Phalamashweu, said members wanted the company’s managing director Amanda Nair to step down because “she was corrupt”.

According to IOL online, Phalamashweu said Nair was also victimizing workers. He cited a case in which she allegedly fired two employees involved in a fight without following due process.

The streets of Braamfontein are filled with waste and panicked protesters as police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades.

View tweets about the strike below:




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