Imbali residents are fed up

2013-07-11 00:00

AFTER battling for five years, Imbali residents are taking their issues with broken meters and exorbitant water bills from Msunduzi Municipality to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

An investigator from Madonsela’s office will attend a meeting organised by the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Sunday, July 14, to hear residents’ complaints.

The chairperson of Sanco’s ward 16 branch, Zakele Hlatshwayo, said residents were tired of empty promises from the municipality.

“When Sbu Sithole was administrator of Msunduzi, he said there would be write-offs on the incorrect bills. There were no adjustments and no write-offs; nothing happened,” he said.

The Witness has over the years carried reports of the water woes of residents living in Units J, CC and 16 in Imbali.

Bonginkosi Mbanjwa had no water meter at his house, but was suddenly presented with a water bill of R17 000. Jabu Danisa was presented with a bill of R12 000 in 2009. She could not pay the amount and her water was cut. Despite this, her bill continued growing and was at R127 000 in February 2010. Thembi Mbanjwa collapsed when faced with a bill of R500 000 for rates and water.

Hlatshwayo said another matter that will be discussed at the meeting is the demarcation of wards in Imbali that came into effect before the 2011 local government election.

Unit 3 was hived off with kwaMachibisa, Unit J with kwaPata and CC with Imbali stage One.

“We have always expressed unhappiness at this and we want Units 3, CC and J to be in the same ward as they were prior to 2011,” said Hlatshwayo.

Sunday’s meeting will take place at the Sinamuva Primary School (next to the clinic) in Imbali at 2 pm.

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