R98m hostel debt written-off

2010-10-18 17:05

Durban - The ANC on Monday congratulated the eThekwini Municipality for writing-off R98m in rent arrears at nine hostels in the area.

"The ANC eThekwini region congratulates the eThekwini Municipality for taking the decision that seeks to ease the economic burden on our people," spokesperson James Nxumalo said in a statement.

This would allow them to start on a clean slate and restore their dignity.

"We urge residents at all units to continue co-operating with municipal officials in the signing of lease agreements and payment of rent. This will help in improving and maintaining the infrastructure and living conditions at the units."

The ANC also applauded the municipality for offering motorists an opportunity to clear their traffic fine records by offering a 50% discount on all outstanding traffic fines.

"Many motorists have found themselves falling behind in paying for their traffic fines due to the tough economic climate in our country and the world. This is a welcome relief for them, especially the taxi industry."

Nxumalo pleaded with motorists to make use of this opportunity to pay their outstanding fines ahead of the implementation of the Administration Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto).

"These discounts should also serve as an incentive to drivers to improve their attitudes and obey the laws in order to avoid accumulating more traffic fines."