The battle for the fair awarding of multimillion-rand waste management tenders in the City of Ekurhuleni has emerged as the key trigger in this week’s protest by community-based organisations. This has resulted in a stoppage of refuse removal trucks from collecting garbage – now in its third day. Hardest-hit have been Vosloorus and Katlehong, with a stench from piles of uncollected rubbish unbearable. Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina, who is away “attending a funeral”, yesterday referred The Citizen to finance mayoral committee (MMC) Doctor Xhakaza, who could not respond. Talks between community leaders and a city delegation led by member of…

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