A Facebook user ‘Dala u Crew’ posted a video that demonstrated two municipal workers picking up litter from a sidewalk and throwing it into a resident’s garden. The video has started a round of vocal debate on social media.
The two workers have black plastic bags around their waists but these are not being used for the rubbish: instead, the footage shows one of the workers sweeping the rubbish to the side while the other picks it up and throws it inside the yard again and again.
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“Lol she’s doing her job. Cleaning the pavement as instructed. They did not tell her not to throw the rubbish into somebody else’s yard,” Ridwaan Dawood wrote on his Facebook page.
Another user urges the Facebook community to send the scandalous footage to officials:
“This video needs be sent to the municipality. This worker gets paid to clean the public spaces. It’s her job description. Regardless of who littered, it is still litter that needs to be picked up,” commented Michelle Chetty.
Users also complained that scavengers were using plastic bags in their own self-interest:
“And then they sell these bags privately as extra income. I hope that the person recording this made an attempt to report it,” said Iman Sather on Facebook.
Some questioned if the homeowner was partly to blame for failing to secure the rubbish in bins for the municipal truck to collect, but this was countered by others who commented that informal recyclers often scattered refuse while going through bins.
Social media users said that the video was filmed in Pietermaritzburg.
The municipality officials were contacted for comment. Alas, so far there is no information from them.