Thousands owed for mud house

2015-07-30 06:00
Jabulani Dladla has been told to pay R53?000 for outstanding rates and municipal services for his mud house (left). 

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

Jabulani Dladla has been told to pay R53?000 for outstanding rates and municipal services for his mud house (left). PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

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A MAN from Thembalihle informal settlement near Eastwood fears eviction from his mud house after being issued a summons from the municipality for R53 000 for outstanding rates and municipal services.

Jabulani Dladla (55) told Echo that according to him, someone who lives in a mud house is not eligible to pay rates, even though he received a letter from the municipality’s lawyers asking him to make arrangements to settle.

Dladla has been living in the area for more than 10 years.

“I first received the statement last year and reported the matter to Ward 34 councillor Eunice Majola who reported to the municipality that I am not eligible to pay rates since I live in a mud house.

“After that, I thought the matter had been sorted out, but I was surprised to receive a summons last week. I was advised to get lawyers from Legal Aid and upon going there, I was told to pay at least R100.”

Dladla said he is not the only person with this problem in the area, there are others, although he has the highest bill. Nomusa Mavimbela, a neighbour, said she had been receiving statements since the beginning of last year, and currently owes R30 000.

“We reported the matter to the municipality and were given indigent forms to fill in, accompanied by proof that we are unemployed, but we keep on receiving these statements. I have not received a summons yet, but I fear I’m next.”

Dladla said although a mud house is worth nothing, he fears he will be issued with a garnishing order if he does not comply.

“At the time of going to print Acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda had not commented on the issue , as she said she was still waiting for relevant departments to respond on the matter

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