Garbage piles up in Johannesburg as collectors strike

April 4, 2016 3:36 PM

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JOHANNESBURG – Authorities in South Africa's biggest city have asked residents to be on the alert for rats, which are thriving because of a four-week strike by garbage collectors pressing for a salary increase.

Thousands of garbage collectors in Johannesburg have been on strike since March 9. Some downtown streets resemble a dumping site, with pedestrians stepping over piles of refuse. Motorists battled for alternative routes as some roads became impassable.

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