Kokstad businesses owe millions in rates to municipality

2017-03-31 06:02


IT has been revealed that businesses, government departments and farms owe the Greater Kokstad
Municipal more than R30 million in rates.
GKM has given defaulters 21 days to pay before further steps are taken.

Last Friday, the municipality “named and shamed” defaulters, which angered many business owners, farmers and opposition parties.

GKM mayor, Bheki Mtolo said the naming of businesses in the media was to push them to come forward after ignoring many notices about their unpaid debt.

He warned that legal action will be taken against businesses that fail to comply with the notice.
“We issued a notice of 21 days and another notice of 12 days is going to follow. If businesses fail to comply then the municipality is going to approach lawyers to make court applications to attach assets equalling the unpaid debt.”

He said the municipality has
decided to cut unnecessary
expenditure to save money for
service delivery projects after some businesses and farmers failed to pay municipal rates.

Some business owners complain about the condition of roads, and other infrastructure in Kokstad even though they pay rates. 

EFF regional commissar in Harry Gwala, Dumisani Dlamini said the debt collection system of the
municipality is concerning and the municipal rates are abnormal in Kokstad.

“I want people to continue paying rates as we are still in talks with GKM about the current high municipal rates.”



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