Indigent application process changes

2015-05-22 06:00
Mayor Nosisa Jojozi warns of the harsh steps that will be taken against those who defraud the municipality.x

Mayor Nosisa Jojozi warns of the harsh steps that will be taken against those who defraud the municipality.x

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THE Greater Kokstad Municipality has changed the way to apply for support under the indigent support policy.

The policy allows for households under GKM who collectively receive less than R2 820 income to get discount on rates and electricity.

GKM Mayor Nosisa Jojozi said those who are applying to come under the indigent policy will have to submit an affidavit to the municipality detailing their collective income, the affidavit must also include a clause which states that the applicant allows the municipality to verify the details of income at the Department of Labour.

“Previously applicants were required to go to the Department of Labour to get proof of their salaries, now we have decided to change that. We as the municipality will be verifying details of applicant’s salaries at the labour department.”

Another change in the policy is that only the owner of home can apply. If the owner is dead, then a death certificate must be attached to the application.

“In the case of an applicant living in another personand#039;s house and that person is alive, that will be put under ‘special applications’ which require that the applicant has a record of voting from 2006.”

Jojozi said the GKM council made the changes after finding that many people were fabricating documents in order for them to come under the indigent support policy.

“After noticing that the municipality is being taken for a ride by some people, we decided to make these changes so that the would-be fraudsters find it hard to defraud the municipality,” she said.

“Those people will have to pay back all the money they owe the municipality, and additional penalty of R3 000 will be imposed.”

People under the indigent policy get 20% off their rates, a portion of electricity for free, about 50kW a month, and they get assistance with burial costs for those on the house list.

Jojozi warned those who have made illegal electricity connections.

“Any tampering with electricity will result in immediate disconnection, a R10 000 fine will be imposed and a criminal case will be opened against them,” she said. Applications to be put under indigent policy are open at the municipality until 30 May

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