“Water billls choking us”

2019-01-31 06:22
Ilitha Park residents outside the City of Cape Town offices in protest over high water bills.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Ilitha Park residents outside the City of Cape Town offices in protest over high water bills.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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About 100 residents of Litha Park in Khayelitsha marched through the streets on Tuesday to the Stocks & Stocks offices of the City of Cape Town to protest about high water bills.

They left behind a trail of burning tyres, littering the roads with stones, thus blocking traffic mobility.

On arrival at the offices, the marchers insisted on speaking to the person in charge in order to lay their grievances.

Bishop Derrick Mtsolo, one of the leaders of the march, said as residents they have had enough of footing high water bills.

“One month you would get a bill of R5 000 the next month it shoots up to R20 000,” he said.

He said they want this to end because they do not understand where these figures are coming from.

Mtsolo said they would even go for about five days without water, which makes living hard because they need water to live.

He said they would not want to see any municipal vehicle in the area until their demands are met.

Another resident, Zukile Snamo said other houses do not even have water metres, yet receive water bills every month.

He said it is not that they do not want to pay the bills, but they must be written off.

“The bills that we are having now must be written off so we can start afresh because we are not saying we do not want to pay at all,” he said.

Snamo said even pensioners are expected to pay these huge amounts with money they do not have.

He said they are giving the city seven days to respond to their demands.

Grant Twigg, mayco member for urban management, said the City is unable to comment on specific cases as the account details of the bills in question have not been provided. “Residents must have their account number or a copy of their utility bill when enquiring,” he said.

He added that the City offers service relief to indigent individuals such as pensioners.

“Residents are encouraged to apply for indigent relief at their local walk-in centres/municipal offices,” said Twigg.

For account related queries residents are advised to email: accounts@capetown.gov.za, or calling the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089, or visiting their local municipal offices, so that it can be investigated.

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