Greytown’s water saga drips on

2018-02-21 06:01

For the past ten years or so, a number of Greytown water consumers have been billed with amounts of thousands of rand which water service provider , Umzinyathi District Municipality claims, without any supporting documentation, are outstanding .

These vast sums, date back to the first water service provider, uThukela which did not provide any supporting documentation either.

In January a number of Greytown water consumers received a threatening letter from the Umzinyathi Municipal Manager that unless these amounts were settled, “water supply restrictions” to the property concerned would be imposed “without any further notice”.

However in terms of South Africa’s much praised Constitution and a number of Court cases, throughout the country, the following applies:

*No municipality may cut off a household’s water supply without first providing a written notice of intention that includes an explanation.”However last Saturday Umzinyathi, cut off the Greytown Country Club’s water supply even though its current account is totally paid up to date and a separate golf course account does not apply,as Municipal water had not been used since 2009 and the meter was stolen last year!Fortunately local farmer/golfers organised water and transport to help to save the embarrassment of having to tell the visitors from all over, there was no water.Despite calls to the Ward Councillor and Umzinyathi Mayor, the water was not switched back on until Tuesday!

*Courts have ruled that no person can be denied the basic 6 000 litres a month, even if the account is in arrears –a Municipality cannot cut off the water supply completely. In Greytown consumers already cope with restrictive 5a.m to 9a.m. daily supply of water.

*In a High Court ruling last year, the Judge ruled that the laws of prescription apply after three years which in terms of the Act”a debt is extinguished after 3 years from when the prescription starts.”.

Unconfirmed reports were also received by the Greytown Gazette that a number of households in Enhlalakahle were also cut off on Saturday.

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