Residents ready to strike over debt

2017-09-06 06:01

THE Greater Edendale Residence Association (Gera)

members took a resolution to protest if their demand to have their water and rates debts written off is not met by the Msunduzi Municipality.

This decision was taken at a Gera meeting at Sinamuva Primary School on Sunday, August 27.

“We have to give the municipality 14 days notification, but we are willing to reconsider this resolution should the municipality respond in a manner that is in accordance with our demand,” said Gera chairperson Mr Z.M. Hlatshwayo.

According to Hlatshwayo, having residents’ water and rates debts written off has been referred to the office of the Public Protector.

He said this is a longstanding issue that goes back to 2009 and in 2011 Greater Edendale residents marched in the streets over the same issue. Hlatshwayo said after that march R57 million was allocated by the municipality to write off the water and rates debts of the residents in the Greater Edendale area.

He alleged that water and rates bills for these residents had been inflated with some owing R150 000, R200 000 and R700 000.

“But some of these amounts were written off by the municipality but we [Gera] do not know what criteria was used for these debts to be written off,” Hlatshwayo said.

He said on Tuesday he would submit an application for a road closure in the area in preparation for the strike should it go ahead.
Comment was requested from the Msunduzi Municipality but it had not been received at the time of going to press.

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