Prepaid electricity meter woes in Sobantu

2015-06-11 06:01

A YEAR after the prepaid electricity meter project was introduced in Sobantu, residents are crying foul over steep electricity bills allegedly caused by maladministration.

The prepaid electricity meter project, which has not yet been completed in the area, was initiated following a full council’s decision after residents had complained about the exorbitant bills due to estimations.

Residents who spoke to Echo, but who did not want to be identified, said the project, which was supposed to bring relief, has brought misery as some are currently attending municipal hearings for exorbitant bills which they allege were caused by municipal employees.

“When the project was introduced last year, even those with old prepaid electricity meters had to change to the new system. Our old meters had been faulty, and despite having reported this to the municipality a long time ago, the problem was never solved. Instead municipal employees bridged the electricity for us and promised to come back with new meters which they never did.

“Now that the new project is on, the municipality made an audit and discovered that many houses had bridged electricity and therefore had to pay exorbitant bills before new installations.

“As much as it is the municipality’s fault that these faulty meters were never fixed, that was not taken into account and we now have to pay for their mistakes.” said a resident.

Ward 36 councillor Thandi Matiwane said the municipality is currently holding hearings for those whose electricity was bridged, and those who have tempered with the new prepaid electricity meters.

She said: “There are those people who had their electricity bridged due to faulty meters.They must report to our office, and if they are summoned for hearings they must go in order to state their cases. Should the problem be not solved, they must come back

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