Joburg councillors owe city R1 million

2012-01-26 13:14

More than 60 of the current and former City of Joburg councillors, including three mayoral committee members and the DA national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, owed the municipality about R1 million in unpaid services at the end of June 2011.

Maimane, also the DA’s City of Joburg leader, owed R3 789 while the accounts of mayoral committee members Sello Lemao (R7 242), Chris Vondo (R1 706) and Dan Bovu (R168) were also in arrears.

DA councillor Daniel Netnow owed the largest sum – more than R307 000, while his Congress of the People counterpart Peter Weir’s account was R60 000 in arrears.

Maimane said he settled his account last month. “All our accounts are up to date.”

Maimane, who is widely expected to be one of DA Gauteng’s candidates for elections later this year, blamed inaccurate reporting by the City of Joburg.

Vondo is responsible for community development while Lemao and Bovu are in charge of economic development and housing respectively.

In total, the 64 councillors owed the municipality R995 342.

Some of the councillors have queried their accounts.

Details of the councillors’ non-payment are contained in the City of Joburg’s 2010/11 yearly report, which was released today.

City of Joburg officials said residents who are in arrears for more than 90 days are disconnected after receiving 14 days to settle their accounts.

Accounts with queries are not cut.

According to the city, Maimane, Lemao, Vondo, Bovu, Netnow and Weir’s accounts had been in arrears for more than 90 days.

Besides Maimane, the other councillors mentioned in this report could not immediately be reached for comment.

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