He apparently walks around Tembisa filling a big bucket with rubbish, claiming to be recycling.
The house is surrounded by all kinds of rubbish. The door and windows are broken. The house inside is as dirty as it is outside.
Thabang Masango (32) from Tembisa, Ekurhuleni told Daily Sun for more than 10 years they have been forced to live next door to the dirt.
He said it is not fair that they are forced to live with such filth. “There are many rats and when we complain, he tells us that he is waiting for the recycling company to get the rubbish – but he has been saying that for years.
“Sometimes he burns wire in the middle of the night and tells us he has to burn the wire before taking it to the scrap-yard.”
Thabang said people in the area have also started throwing their rubbish in his yard.
Another neighbour, Kateko Masina (38) said: “We are tired of living with someone who is dirty. We clean our yards but there still rats here because of the rubbish.”
He said they can’t sit outside because the smell gets worse when it is hot or if it rains.
“I don’t know how he lives in such dirt. He is not mentally ill and doesn’t drink much – he is just dirty,” said Kateko.
The man could not be found for comment because he was out collecting more trash. Lebogang Ramashala from the City of Ekurhuleni said the neighbours should report the matter to the environmental health service.
“Environmental health practitioners will come assess the conditions and the owner will be given notice to remove the rubbish.
“If he fails to do this, then Ekurhuleni will remove it.” Lebogang said the city will follow up the case because the situation is unacceptable.