Tariff hike will hurt poor — DA

2013-11-08 00:00

MSUNDUZI’S massive electricity tariff hike was raised in the provincial Legislature yesterday. The DA tabled a motion expressing concern over the extraordinary increase. It criticised the ANC as the ruling party for failing to vote against the hike, saying it was set to create a huge burden to the city’s poorest residents.

DA MPL Tom Stokes said that not only was the increase exorbitant, it was also inexplicable.

“The DA does not buy the mayor’s claim that it has been imposed in a bid to balance the budget and we question the ANC’s real motives around this move,” Stokes said.

He added that the increase was also likely to impede the recovery of the municipality as a whole with its impact on small businesses and residents.

“Some 15 years ago electricity prices went up dramatically in Msunduzi. The result was that many small businesses closed down or left for other areas which offered a more attractive business environment.

“The ANC’s myopic view and the resolution to impose such a hike reveals an alarming lack of vision,” Stokes said.

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