Charges laid against Johannesburg mayor

2011-02-18 08:07

Johannesburg - A group of residents has laid criminal charges against City of Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo amid the billing crisis that has left many without electricity, The Star newspaper reported on Friday.

The Blairgowrie Community Association has also laid charges against the City's member of the mayoral committee on finance, Parks Tau, the newspaper said.

Masondo and Tau face charges of contravening the Municipal Systems Act, relating to the over-billing of many Johannesburg residents for rates and utilities followed by disconnections if the bills are not paid.


The association's spokesperson Linus Muller, who laid the charges, said that a number of residents from the northern Johannesburg suburb complained about unfair disconnections.

He said most of those cut off had already lodged complaints with the municipality.

According to Muller, it was unlawful to disconnect a consumer if he or she had lodged a dispute with the municipality.

Lieutenant Colonel Tshisakhawe Ndou confirmed to the newspaper that a case had been opened.

The Star said the city's communications director, Gabu Tugwana, said he needed to check with the legal department before commenting.


Other victims of the Johannesburg "billing crisis" will protest outside the City's customer service offices on Friday, the Joburg Advocacy Group (JAG) said.

JAG is appealing to victims of the billing crisis to take "peaceful direct action" to ensure the billing problems are resolved.

The group has appealed to residents to join in the protest at Thuso House, on the corner of Simmonds and Siemens Streets in Braamfontein, where the City's customer services offices are located.

The protest will begin at 08:30 on Friday.

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  • Bloodbane - 2011-02-18 08:17

    It's about time we stood up against the ANC and their incompitance

      Thriel - 2011-02-18 08:28

      the problem is that eveyone moans and bitches now, but next election they all vote ANC again ...

      cmclellen - 2011-02-18 08:46

      hear, hear

      maharaj.santosh - 2011-02-18 08:52

      strange how the first thing people blame in this country is the ANC.maybe it might be a good idea to stop,think,get all the facts before before passing judgement, but alas that will never happen because as South Africans when ever something goes wrong here then its the ANC's fault. hell lets just blame them for the flooding in certain areas, Lets blame them for Madiba being ill why stop there lets just blame them for the krap weather we are having in Jozzi today.

      riaan.mastenbroek - 2011-02-18 09:01

      @maharaj.santosh - um, it’s kinda obvious, they (ANC) are in charge of the country, they run it. Who else do you blame if things go wrong - please stay to the point, the issue here is the munics and the state (of dismay) they are in.

      modefan - 2011-02-18 09:07 wake up, if I step into a thorn tomorrow, it'll be the ANC's fault, if aliens come and attack the earth, it'll be the ANC's fault, so until the ANC is out of government, everything will be their fault

      Rob - 2011-02-18 09:09

      @maharaj.santosh: who is responsible for running SA? Who deploys their cadres in government and municiple positions? Don't tell me, the ANC? You should open your eyes instead of being one of the many who blindly vote.

      sgodfrey - 2011-02-18 09:17

      @maharaj.santosh - It's not an ANC thing, it's an incompetence thing. If the DA were in charge, people would be saying "get rid of the DA". But the ANC is in charge, and generally stuffing up badly - so if voters want to get rid of the problem, they need to get rid of the ANC!

      Rolie - 2011-02-18 09:30

      @maharaj. Wipe the crap out of your eyes. You obviously have a cushy government job. When the ANC have their haemmeroids removed you will lose your head.

      sgodfrey - 2011-02-18 10:23

      @maharaj.santosh - It's not an ANC thing, it's an incompetence thing. If the DA were in charge everyone would be saying "get rid of the DA". But the ANC is in charge, so if voters want to rid themselves of the incompetence surrounding them then they need to get rid of the ANC. If you think about it it's a relatively simple concept ...

      changeisGood - 2011-02-18 11:55

      Guys, Yes the ANC is in charge and most of the problems happen beacuse of incompetence and corruption in most areas, etc, etc. The ANC leadership is aware and have taken action against those in the wrong here.I know and can see a little bit of change in the right direction, yes more is to be done, i agree, and change has to happen NOW, I agree, Hence the no nonsense approach by Government, you may not see it now but i know it's happening, what we need is let's give them a chance to change the perception as well as help them get their house in order. I salute and respect those responsible deployees executing their responsibilities with integrity and transparency, we need to support them, they are true leaders and they are role models too. I support integrity and transparency, non-corrubtable leaders all the way, This is why I report any form of crime that i can see at all times. The reason I vote the ANC is that on Paper their constituion and mandite is perfect and meets the majority of SA's citizen's requirements, the challenge now is to help the ANC put the committments towards all SA citizens as promised into action and execute them well, senior positions comes with a HUGE responsibility, let's not forget that comrades. Amandlaness!!

      blondetopaz - 2011-02-18 12:29

      @ ChangeisGood. yes on paper!!!!!!! i would vote ANC IF they had the intergity and the follow-through of the DA. but they dont. So i vote DA. I would rather forgo some ideaologies but have a competent, honest, working Gvt. BTW - i am white with neither left or right leanings. I would like everybody to have their spot in the sun

      n s - 2011-02-18 13:59

      maharaj.santosh thank goodness the ANC doesn't control natural forces. Why don't you stop and think about why you are still voting ANC while they've put 60% of this country in a slum. It's you that everyone is talking about not noticing whats happening around you and why.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-19 00:19

      @changeisGood: The ANC has had 16 years of chances to get it right and the people are fed up with it. You say the leadership is aware and working to solve all the problems. Yet more often then not the leadership IS the problem. Corruption is rife on all levels, open a newspaper or newssite on any given day and the incompetence and corruption jump out at you, and not only on lower levels. The arrogance and blatant self enrichment that goes on at the very top is shocking. Nepotism, fraud, theft etc. etc. Then when one critises this the race card is pulled. And you expect people to give that more chance? No sir, enough is enough. No doubt somebody will call me a racist because I say these things. Luckily I know who I am and will not feel offended by this, I would be if it was said by somebody who knows me. Now lets face the facts: in the Western Cape we have the DA in power. In all the other provinces the ANC. Now which province did the best in the audit in 2010? And yet you say that this is a fluke. I am sorry, but until the ANC knows it is only a political party with the responsability to do their best for the voters they will continue to lose votes. And with their best I mean they actually have to do their jobs that they are being paid to do (handsomely I might add). Stop hiring unqualified people for the job just because they are black but instead hire those that can do the job, irrespective of the colour of their skin or their gender. And LET them do their job.

      AllHoliday - 2011-02-19 12:42

      Bloodbane, I agre with you fully!!! We should stand up to protect ourselves from these greedy polititians who have no regard for their citizens, all they are interested is to line their own pockets asap. @maharaj.santosh and Changeisgood, you must be living on another planet. Who is in charge here?? Let me tell you a secret...for the last 17 years it is the ANC! Sorry to burst your bubble! Who else do you want us to blame..ahh, I know, lets blame "apartheid", must be their fault that the municipality are 17 years later overcharging the TAXPAYING citizens, waste taxpayers money on new cars, new offices, giving tenders to buddies, hold extravagant parties and the list go on. @ChangeisGood, if their house is not in order, who's fault is that? Actions speak loader than words, it one thing to say (or put on paper) what your intentions is and quite another when your actions are quite the opposit. You go on voting ANC, then we can blame you with them for everything that is wrong in this country!! You show me a municipality in this country who are under ANC control where there are no mismanagement and we can talk again!

  • Gemstone - 2011-02-18 08:26

    I wish I knew beforehand of the protest action in Braamfontein. I would have taken leave to join them.

      Dave - 2011-02-18 08:32

      True, I complained last night, the notice came out at 8 o'clock

      Baas-Julius - 2011-02-18 13:21

      I would also have gone to protest. Wish we could arrange a protest for all the tax payers.

  • advurt - 2011-02-18 08:31

    Nicely done citizens! Claim your rights back and take this idiot mayor to court. Supporting you 100% - wish I could be there too, but a bit of trip from CPT to JHB for me today. Give them hell mates!!

  • Dr. Zeek - 2011-02-18 08:35

    What, we have a mayor in Jhb? No way...

      MACH1000 - 2011-02-18 09:00

      YES! He may hear, but does'nt listen.

      Nice Guy - 2011-02-18 09:14

      If you don't like situation i suggest you immigrate and stop whining. Oh by the way i am planning on immigrating bwahahahahahahahaha

      GoSA! - 2011-02-18 13:58

      @niceguy: The correct word is actually emmigrate. And as you should.

  • ? - 2011-02-18 08:39

    Its because of Apartheid

      nobodyneedstoknowme - 2011-02-18 09:01

      I blame the west for bringing their technology to the country. Or is it the east for making low quality sweatshop products? Either way, gotta find someone else to blame for my problems.

      ? - 2011-02-18 09:23

      Yeah man,its like when I lost my house keys,i had to pay 500 bucks to a locksmith.If whites never invented doors and locks,then i wouldnt have had to fork out so much money.

      DarkAngel - 2011-02-18 14:03

      hmmm yes, its because of apartheid that JHB is getting all the rain and in CT there's no rain at all.

      Johnny - 2011-02-18 14:21

      I have a bit of a hangover ... Apartheid, you baas-ted!!!

  • Fred - 2011-02-18 08:42

    Tell me, is this only happening in the Northern JHB suburbs and have any of the many government officials who live in this area been affected, if not, wouldn't it seem that a selected bunch of people are been targeted, i.e. non-civil service or non-government officials. Have the mayor or Tau or anybody in their offices received any of these ridiculous accounts or had their electricity illegally disconnected.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-02-18 08:49

    I agree. It's about time that the people in power take responsibility, and not just sit back and collect their massive salaries.

  • MOTEK-XX - 2011-02-18 08:49

    GOOD! Mass action is embedded in our society, except when it comes to white-collar workers, about time we stand united against injustice!

  • maloya - 2011-02-18 08:52

    Its funny how I keep reading quotes such as "but next election they all vote ANC again ..." Aaahhh who do you expect people to vote for the DA, FF+, you act like there are choices!!!! Most or alot of you need to realise that IN YOUR LIFETIME the ANC will be in power maybe my/ur childrn or the next generation will have a different view on politics. For now ur sort of stuck with the ANC so just deal with it

      Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-18 09:12


      SmartSA - 2011-02-18 09:14

      Wait are you saying the DA is not a much more viable option to vote for than the ANC - Shows how shallow your knowledge of politics is Sigh!!

      peacelove - 2011-02-18 09:17

      The DA may not be the best but right now they are the best alternative. Just look at Cape Town - best run city in South Africa. People need to open their eyes, forget about the past and look to the future. The ANC are not capable of running a country at the moment. We all have a choice and if people just stood together against the ANC we could bring about change but no instead its all about blaming apartheid and racial issues. Really people time to move on!!!

      Milo29 - 2011-02-18 09:26

      Best you wake up and smell the coffee. Maloya! The time of brainwashing is over. If you choose to be a fool, do not assume those around you are fools. This is NOT Zimbabwe, the majority of the people in this country are busy waking up to the reality that the ruling party (sic) is totally incompetant.Just look at their schooling. Most did not even pass matric, nevermind about all the bogus degrees. Remember; fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice; shame on me! People all over are starting to wake up to the fact that the ANC is only there for the ANC. The rest of the population can go to hell as far as they are concerned. As a matter of fact; the DA is there for all people as they are the only party that is impartial to race. They want what is best for SA, not just a select few. Investigate and you will see. Stop listening to all the hogwash that is spread behind the scenes. This is what wannabe politicians do. Spead nonsence about their rivals.Did you not know that? Did the ANC not also make promises 17 years ago? Where is the better life for the people on the ground? People are worse off now thath they were 17 years ago. Just look at the unemployment stats; education, services, crime; I could go on forever. Get with the programm. God forbid that the ANC rules like Mugabe, when my kids are out of school. That is only 5 years from now. I want a better life for them, not worse!

      maloya - 2011-02-18 09:39

      Gees I see a lot of Ranting and name calling but whether you like it or not, you live in a country where the ANC has overwhelming support!!! I blv in a solid alntntive to make or rather push the ANC and force them to pull up their act and start delivering on the promises made. Fact, no one in this forum has the strength to topple the ANC by that I meant he middleclass. A word of advice to those who want their parties to be in power come next elections. WIN THE HEARTS POOR & Disadvantaged and you will have your wish...The masses will put you in pwer and they can take that power away.

      Alfred - 2011-02-18 09:51

      The infallible ANC in all it's "glory" just before elections and all you've got to sell it with is, "For now ur sort of stuck with the ANC so just deal with it" Sure I'll vote ANC cos you sold me with such a convincing argument :/ Anyways, tell us why there are no other choices. You won't vote for the DA because it's lead by a white woman. I can only imagine your shock and horror. "Oh noes! A white woman! That Black Sash member who went into hiding from the Nats when she exposed the Biko murder is going to bring back apartheid if I vote for her!" Forget about the fact that the WC is the best run province by the best mayor in the world with the most flushing toilets, best rdp housing, best service delivery etc, etc. I honestly don't expect you to vote for FF+, thats like trying to convince a Sandton soccer mom to vote for the IFP. Cope? UDM? ID? UCDP? Hell, vote for the soccer party. You've all been backing the "winning horse" for so long thinking that you're going to be invited onto the gravy train at any minute but you've been doing it for 17 years.

      Thor - 2011-02-18 10:03

      My comment was removed for some reason but here it is again: Do you really believe there are no choices? Why are the DA not choice? Are you so ignorant to believe they will bring back apartheid? Do you really think the DA will be worse at service delivery? The ANC helped in freeing the country does that entitle them to running the country forever? Or should we say the time has come to give other people a go at running the place for 4 years? There are alternatives, open your eyes. Or did you perhaps get deployed in a nice comfortable job you cannot do and fear loosing that job once the ANC boys club no longer run the show.

      DeonL - 2011-02-18 12:52

      Ha Ha, not in Cape Town.

      Whuyu - 2011-02-18 13:02

      At Maloya & Sir Brain Dead (Half Stupid aka Sir Half Wise) - but that ia what has been happening - people like you too stupid to change your vote, although the ANC has stuffed this country up since for the same rubbish and you get he same rubbish. If you cannot understand that - then you confirm my thoughts that you are BRAIN DEAD!

      Felix - 2011-02-18 13:12

      Maloya, you are doing a good job as a propagandist. You've just earned that pay check, well done!

      DarkAngel - 2011-02-18 14:05

      yeah right, that's why the country's going down the drain!!!

      PB - 2011-02-18 14:14

      INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Maloya, nobody is forced to vote for the DA, ANC or any other party. According to the IEC's website there are currently 154 parties registered. All it would take to find a party that (in your opinion)would be willing and able to actually deliver the type of government that each individual is looking for, is to do some research. Get off your high horse and use your brain cells.

  • Rob - 2011-02-18 09:08

    @maharaj.santosh: who is responsible for running SA? Who deploys their cadres in government and municiple positions? Don't tell me, the ANC? You should open your eyes instead of being one of the many who blindly vote.

  • Sir Halfwise - 2011-02-18 09:11

    If The Star newspaper was writting all these about DA, they were going to blacklist the paper.

      abrjcoetsee - 2011-02-18 09:28

      Yes, they would. Primary reason? It would be wrong and a pack full of lies. The truth has nothing to hide.

      Alfred - 2011-02-18 10:23

      I feel like a tool quoting myself on this but here goes- Isn't it absolutely amazing that a journalist gets removed from the DA mailing list and there are shrieks of "media suppression" from our intellectually and morally gifted comrades over in the ANC? All this after papface booted a BBC journalist out for pointing out what a numbnutted hypocrite he is, the arrest of Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Showerhead refusing to let white journalists into a press conference and having his bodyguards beat up a journalist for taking a picture of him. And lets not forget the ANC's infamous media tribunal because lets face it, it's tough enough to be a criminally incompetent, long fingered liar without the pesky media pointing it out every 5 seconds. On the bright side I think I've finally worked out what this mysterious "third force" is- stupidity. Which comes right after the 1st and 2nd forces- entitlement and inanity. And yes, the force is indeed strong with this lot.

  • maharaj.santosh - 2011-02-18 09:22

    so the point you guys make is that the ANC rules the country so its they fault.lets agree to disagree on this one.but think at least alot more people have electricity now. come to think of it more people actually have houses now. more people have access to education now. more people live a better life in this country because of the ANC but the well being of the masses means nothing to those who have always had access to these services (if you will).known fact people only remember the negitive and not the positive.

      peacelove - 2011-02-18 09:30

      Apartheid would've ended in 1994 regardless of who came into power - not every white in the country supported it you know. Its very hard to find the positive when reading the news and seeing what is happening. When I read the news and read about the strikes, kids being raped and murdered while corruption is rife and politicians sit in their glamourous houses it makes me sick. People may have more houses but those houses collapsed and have to now be rebuilt. Service delivery is non existent. The ANC have not done enough but those in power have got richer. Take your blinkers off and see that we need change too many of the masses are still suffering.

      Chibuli - 2011-02-18 09:38

      The ANC's motto is "a better life for all" - not all the POOR, not all BLACKS, not all ANC POLITICIANS (although I'm sure that's what they meant). So why are we being ripped off by municipal maladministration? What's "better" about that? I want a better life - it's my right!

      Allin - 2011-02-18 09:55

      ...more people actually have houses now - Pity they fall apart because of poor quality control ...more people have access to education now - Pity it's become useless - look at your own spelling ...more people live a better life in this country because of the ANC - I agree with you, especially the ANC cadres that are robbing the country blind ...the well being of the masses means nothing to those in power.

      W H Kotze - 2011-02-18 10:02

      Are you referring to quality of life of more people or are you talking about the number thats looting state coffers? If you are on about the number of houses built for the poor, you are also wrong. That honour goes to HF Verwoerd. But then, obviously you benefited from the new and improved history exam.

      modefan - 2011-02-18 11:45 your education comment, I'm sad to say this but my 'appartheid education' under 'the department of coloured affairs', was of much higher quality than the education in today's schools

      Heks - 2011-02-18 16:44

      Actually maharaj.santosh I blame the ANC for your birth!

  • Michael - 2011-02-18 09:34

    Don't forget that the "ANC" you complaining about employed a "White Company" to implement the system that you are complainingn about. Get your facts straight.

      Ruan - 2011-02-18 10:44

      Yes they did, but the ANC was the people who put the info into the system!! Not the "white people". Get YOUR facts straight!! I know this for a fact!! The system is called SAP if you did not know. I will be happy to supply you with more info on that. Just let me know. PS: The same system was implemented in the WC(run by the DA) without any problems.

      maloya - 2011-02-18 11:07

      Form a stronger opposition and maybe then you will win the elections...All this namecalling is not going to win any voters for the DA, if you are campaigning for votes then I fear you are going about it the wrong way. You make it sound like the ANC is supported by dumb blacks and the DA by clever blacks & whites!!!

      Cameron - 2011-02-18 12:08

      The system was not flawed, it was the twats who put the information into the system that were flawed.

      DeonL - 2011-02-18 12:56

      Data must still be entered in the system by hand, this is where the main problem lies, too many people are not doing theire jobs?

      Felix - 2011-02-18 13:17

      Sorry Michael-system failure-reboot drive

  • Wow! - 2011-02-18 09:40

    maharaj.santosh - funny, things worked before this mob took over. Traffic lights worked, Eskom worked, Roads were repaired.Surage worked, Water was managed In short - infrastructural things worked. Now they are all in need of desperate repair. Now!!!! She is broken

      DeonL - 2011-02-18 12:58

      More workers were also productive.

  • mmdmm - 2011-02-18 09:50

    Is this not what you voted for? Stop voting for the corrupt ANC. Opposition parties need to unite once an for all to rid this country from the ANC scurge.

      Michael - 2011-02-18 09:59

      @mmdmm, you can go to the loo 10 times in a day, kick yourself in a but, or do whatever you like. This country will never be ruled by "Recycled right-wingers or R@$!sts" again...not in our lifetime! You will only find the 15%, 2%, and 1% opposition parties. Why, because they don't offer any constructive opposition. They just howl at anything that passes by.

      Felix - 2011-02-18 13:20

      Michael, "This country will never be ruled by "Recycled right-wingers or R@$!sts" again" It is being ruled by these people numnuts.

  • Cyril - 2011-02-18 09:57

    We need a DA run municipality in jhb!!!

  • sgodfrey - 2011-02-18 10:25

    @maharaj.santosh - It's not an ANC thing, it's an incompetence thing. If the DA were in charge everyone would be saying "get rid of the DA". But the ANC is in charge, so if voters want to rid themselves of the incompetence surrounding them then they need to get rid of the ANC. If you think about it it's a relatively simple concept ...

  • louizafrohlich - 2011-02-18 10:44

    We sold our house in Pretoria in August 2010. We had a credit on our Rates and Taxes account and the Attorney informed Tshwane Municipality that they have to send us a refund. To date we have heard nothing. We still receive a Bill every month and the R&T of the new owners are being deducted from our credit. We have phoned and emailed them to no avail. We have decided to take them to court. Lou

  • maloya - 2011-02-18 10:52

    Gees I see a lot of Ranting and name calling but whether you like it or not, you live in a country where the ANC has overwhelming support!!! I blv in a solid alntntive to make or rather push the ANC and force them to pull up their act and start delivering on the promises made. Fact, no one in this forum has the strength to topple the ANC by that I meant he middleclass. A word of advice to those who want their parties to be in power come next elections. WIN THE HEARTS POOR & Disadvantaged and you will have your wish...The masses will put you in pwer and they can take that power away. We have lo@d knows how many lil oppositon parties...Face it for as long as that is the case the ANC is going to keep winning election after election.I frankly dont cre for politics but these lil parties are not willing to just merge and a have one voice.

      DeonL - 2011-02-18 13:02

      To get ANC on tract again you need another Mandela, we don't see anyone coming close to him, will probably not see another one in 200 years, at least there are some light in the Western Cape.

  • Hardtalk - 2011-02-18 13:02

    ***maharaj.santosh*** If the ANC did their job properly they would not let idiots run the local councils. SO THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE, THEY FIX NOTHING & PUNISH NO ONE. I had a water & lights bill for R17, 000 for a one bedroom flat; the actual bill should have been R350. They told me to pay the bill and they would correct it next month, or I would be cut off. What they would do is leave the account in credit until it was all paid back, that would take about 4 years. Do they think I am bloody stupid? And why have they got so much power? Again all part of the ANC arrogance and don’t care attitude. So maharaj.santosh remember the ANC is responsible for the running of the country and all its council – and the police – and hospitals – and the whole of South Africa. If they cannot do it then let someone who can. As far as blaming them for the flooding; why not, trouble is it flooding in tears from the people that suffer from the crime and corruption. What do they do about suicide taxis that kill thousands a year? What do they do about 67,000 child sex offences a year? What do they do about 20,000 murders a year? What do they do about the corrupt government ministers and police chiefs? The trouble is they don’t care and never will, caring will not put corrupt money in their bank accounts. The day will come when the ANC lose the vote, then you will see with tears in your eyes just how much they put in there back accounts from fraud and corruption. Then they will live in another country like Kings with your money.

      vivr - 2011-02-18 15:16

      And if the ANC are ever voted out democracy will come to an end. They'll fight a civil war to regain power. They will never accept defeat - they are all cousins of Mugabe and think along the same lines.

      Heks - 2011-02-18 16:48

      Agree wioth you Hardtalk. We really need to talk to this Raj guy and tell him a few home truths about himself and his ANC comrades

  • vivr - 2011-02-18 13:24

    Contacted Cape Town Municipality on Monday last week with an electricity account query. Problem was resolved and I received an e-mail confirmation the following day. Yesterday I received an amended account in the mail with an apology note attached. What more can be said?

      Chibuli - 2011-02-18 14:12

      Exactly! These clowns in Bobbejaansburg have never heard of the decimal point in the meter readings - then they blame the new system, with their usual arrogance. Why should we "pay first and fix later"? That's utterly inexplicable to an intelligent human being. I hope this legal action makes an example of the arrogant bureaucrats, and shows them up as the fools they are.

      2c - 2011-02-18 14:44

      Our data capturers dont know the difference between a debit and a credit, the R amount and the account number. What do yoy expect with a 30% pass rate.

  • BaasJan - 2011-02-18 15:01

    the thing is that the ANC can do well! they must just start employing competent people and stop placing Philimon who has a STD 7 if he he is lucky! in the position of a CEO or Director because he was a struggle fighter or for just plain old Nepotism Yes i agree BEE is important but before you kick out the experienced let them teach the inexperienced affirmitave. White guy happily married to a beautiful black woman so you cant call me a racist!!!

  • Ja-Nee - 2011-02-18 16:25

    i don`t see the problem here. they are billed for the rain water they received the past few months.

      Heks - 2011-02-18 16:50

      Ja Nee..... Ja-Nee I with you but the dry season is coming and the bank balance she is running dry too

  • bb - 2011-02-18 21:01

    If all the Jhb residents stood together just for one month and didn't pay,maybe Amos and his incompetent staff would catch a wake up.

      Sugarloaf - 2011-02-18 21:17

      I agree. Why should we pay for no service. Time for shock tactics.

  • CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-02-19 08:33

    Do you think he will actually be arrested and brought to justice? He has been mum on this issue since it started - see 702 request for him to call them and clear up this issue!

  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-19 09:22

    Professor Amos Masondo has been Mayor for some time now. Is he not considering allowing someone else to help him sort out this great city. He will not remain unemployed - he can be deployed to Tunisia as an ambassodor. Mayor Masondo , You are Fired!

  • ian.d.samson - 2011-02-19 09:25

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  • Assegaai - 2011-02-19 10:59

    @maharaj Duh so it's ok for everyone else to blame apartheid for their failure in life. It’s so lame to hear "because of apartheid”. It’s gone 17 years ago but you here it today and you will hear it in another 17 years. Who do you think is responsible for the welfare of the people of this country, the smooth running of the economy and the infrastructure?Yes it is a good idea to stop and think before you open your mouth.

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