KZN councillors owe R1.7m in rates

2013-04-12 22:01

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal councillors owe the municipalities they represent more than R1.7m in unpaid rates and services, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

DA spokesperson George Mari said this had been revealed in a reply in the legislature to questions put by the DA.

"According to the April 2013 reply from the provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) department, Newcastle councillors are the worst of the lot, with a massive R522 000 outstanding.

"Ethekwini and Msunduzi follow, with R156 000 and R132 000 owed respectively," he said.

None of the amounts were owed by DA councillors.

Mari said the errant councillors - some of whom, he said, owed more than R10 000 - were setting a poor example.

"Failure to meet their own basic obligations to their municipalities suggests that they are not worthy to serve in that capacity."

He urged KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube to take action against the councillors.

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