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Workers traumatised after murder of five guards at Pikitup dump site

19 January 2022 - 17:56
Johannesburg MMC for environment and infrastructure services Michael Sun and Pikitup MD Bukelwa Njingolo attended a memorial services for Bonginkosi Ngcamu, who died in a shooting last week.
Johannesburg MMC for environment and infrastructure services Michael Sun and Pikitup MD Bukelwa Njingolo attended a memorial services for Bonginkosi Ngcamu, who died in a shooting last week.
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Johannesburg waste treatment entity Pickitup's workers are traumatised after five security guards were shot at the company's Goudkoppies landfill site last week.

Four security guards were shot dead and another was wounded but died in hospital.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday for one of the guards, Bonginkosi Ngcamu.

“The team that he [Ngcamu] was working with are traumatised, but we have arranged counselling for them,” landfill site security risk manager Tommy Sigauke said.

“You can see when you talk to them every day that the morale is down. Personally, I was hurt as a manager and I am still sad and shocked. We received counselling to try to deal with this matter.”

TimesLIVE reported that the bodies of four security guards were found at the dump site with gunshot wounds to the head.

Pikitup spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi said on Wednesday that Johannesburg MMC for environment and infrastructure services Michael Sun and Pikitup MD Bukelwa Njingolo attended Ngcamu’s memorial at Pikitup's Selby depot.

Sun and Njilo said it was necessary to work with law enforcement agencies to apprehend those responsible and determine the motive for the killings.

Sigauke said other employees were worried and scared as the motive for the killings was unknown.

“They are worried because we don’t know who killed them and what is the motive. If you take other employees to the same site they feel traumatised, hence we closed the site and took all the employees to other areas,” he said.

When he went to the scene on the day of the incident, he found the guards lying on the ground.

“It looks like they ambushed them from three or four directions. So the way it was constructed on the scene, it looked like it was well planned.”

Mkhwanazi said there has been no new developments and police are still investigating.

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