WATCH | How SA's administrative capital was trashed during city strike
Mountains of fetid rubbish dumped in the streets, barricaded roads, unrest and livid commuters zigzagging their way through the chaos.
South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria, at times resembled a war zone in the past three days during a strike by municipal workers demanding 18% salary hikes.
Up to 40 buses, "taken without permission" from a depot, were used to shut down busy roads in the CBD, slowing traffic to a snail's pace.
While the city was drowning in rubbish, its manager, Moeketsi Mosola, was placed on special leave.
Tshwane metro police spokesperson senior superintendent Isaac Mahamba said on Thursday that traffic was finally "flowing freely" on the fourth day of the strike and that there had not been early reports of protests.
This was in stark contrast to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, when truckloads of rubbish were dumped in the streets and fire hydrants turned on. Many shops and businesses were forced to close.
Here are some of the sights that greeted residents and workers earlier in the week:
The capital continues to be shaken by the protest. At least 3 water hydrates have been turned on,water is all over the streets of Madiba and Thabo Shume. There’s also fire on the corner of church/Helen Joseph and Thabo Sehume.— Tumelo Peters (@TaxBae) July 31, 2019
There’s some police visibility pic.twitter.com/BzL8EQ6AXt
This harassment, thuggery and criminality in the #PretoriaCBD must be brought to an end. Watch how this victim was shocked after this thug damaged her car in front of the @SAPoliceService Criminal record centre in Francis Baard st. @Abramjee @TMPDSafety @EMokgalapa @News24 pic.twitter.com/ZU3vExJA83— Haroon Abramjee (@haroonabramjee) July 31, 2019