March on city hall planned

2012-09-17 00:00

RESIDENTS at a public meeting organised by the Msunduzi Rates Forum last week gave vent to their frustrations over the soaring costs on their utility bills, and vowed to march on city hall to call for change.

Many in the audience were pensioners and they begged the MRF for help. Ben Budhram said he had come to the meeting straight from the doctor because he was getting sick from stress over how he was going to pay his light account.

It had gone up from R250 to over R800, and he asked what money will he have for food and transport and just to survive. “This council is killing us,” he said.

MRF chairperson Babs Sithapersad asked: “How stupid can the mayor and councillors be. When we raised this at the city hall we were told by some councillors that the people must sell their houses. What do they want more people on the streets?”

Dumisani Mbanjwa of South African National Civics Organisation told the meeting that his organisation was currently helping a 94-year-old woman whose house was sold behind her back.

“Her husband died in 1998, her house was sold in 1999, while she was still living in it. We had to go to court on the matter and the case is coming up on September 20,” Mbanjwa said.

Resident Charmaine Singh called on the community to stand up and be counted. She added that people should not have to pay VAT on municipal services.

The meeting unanimously decided to join forces with Sanco and hold the service delivery march. Details will be made available shortly.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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