Municipal officials are taking the best for themselves, say waste pickers

Last month waste pickers protested at plans to close a Pietermartizburg dumpsite. Now the waste pickers say municipal employees are on the site taking goods for themselves. Photo by Ntombi Mbomvu.

Waste pickers at the New England Road Landfill dumpsite told GroundUp that officials, security guards and cleaners at the site, all of them employed by the Msunduzi Municipality, sometimes stopped them picking up items so they could take for themselves.