Oribi: municipal cut-off leaves 'victim' puzzled

2010-04-21 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality is employing strong-arm tactics in collecting its debt from the city residents, claims an aggrieved resident.

Colin Williams of Oribi Village says he experienced this first-hand when the municipality removed his electricity meter box in December last year, allegedly for non-payment.

He claims he is the victim of incompetence at the municipality and that for the past five months he has been without electricity

More baffling, he adds, is that the municipality is still sending him monthly electricity bills.

“Prior to them removing my electricity, I had never received any letter of demand for payment; I only got to know about this debt when they disconnected my lights. They are demanding R11 212 before they can reconnect it,” says Williams.

He says he it is still not clear how such an exorbitant amount was reached because he has always paid his electricity bill. This, he adds, is evident from a disconnection letter sent by the municipality, which states that his last payment due of R400 was for last month.

“I have tried to get an explanation from the municipality and no one seems willing to explain what is going on.”

Msunduzi Municipality’s Ntobeko Ngcobo confirmed that the meter was removed — in February this year, and not in December as Williams alleged — because of non-payment.

“The meter was removed because it was tampered with. And his arrears are currently R10 762,60 for the reason that he was not paying his full current account monthly … The total arrears … should be settled before a new meter can be installed,” Ngcobo added.

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