Hilton residents left in the dark

2018-05-02 06:00

SCORES of residents felt enraged after being targeted by unwarranted electrical cuts over the long weekend.

Many residents were left confused when they noted that their electricity had been cut, thinking it was the regular “load-shedding”.

Some residents found out that it was not “load-shedding” when they spotted municipal workers on the electricity poles.

“I would have thought it was the normal electricity outage that we are so used to here until I saw them fiddling with the light poles,” said irate resident Kerry Baxter.

Baxter said that once she got to the municipal offices to query why her lights had been cut when she was up to date with payments, she was left more confused leaving than when she had got there.

“They could not give me an explanation as to why my lights had been cut and even reconnected it without charge,” said Baxter who said that her experience was futile.

Another resident Melissa Kotze took to Facebook to state that she had recently moved to Hilton from Wembley and had experienced four electricity cuts in a short time.

Hilton ward councillor, Craig Millar said that it is not for the first time that the municipality decided to disconnect residents for what they term “outstanding electricity accounts.”

“The billing system is in utter shambles and I would recommend that the Msunduzi Municipality first get their house in order before coming to disconnect ours,” said Millar.

Millar said that they were engaging with the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) to either enforce the terms of their license or remove it altogether.

“Disconnection of consumers before the final due date of payment or who have not received accounts and in some cases have already paid, only makes Hilton residents even more determined to have the supply licenses revoked.

“If they think we are a soft target they are sorely mistaken,” warned Millar.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka
Mafumbatha did not respond to queries at the time of print deadline.


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