Emfuleni owed R2bn in unpaid rates

2012-03-19 10:17

Johannesburg - The Emfuleni municipality in Gauteng is owed almost R2bn in unpaid rates and services, it was reported on Monday.

According to a provincial report on local government and housing, currently before the Gauteng legislature, the defaulters were township residents, The Star reported.

A Gauteng legislature portfolio committee visited Emfuleni to find out why there was an increasing number of service delivery protests and low provision of houses. The committee was told there was no billing system.

Emfuleni comprises Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, Sebokeng, and Evaton.

  • Piet - 2012-03-19 10:22

    2 billion seconds ago it will be 1950, that is how much money these people owe!

      Eric - 2012-03-19 10:49

      When you get a bill for 1.5 million bucks and your last one was 20k, do you just pay it Piet??

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-19 13:18

      Look it's all messed up at the moment. But start somewhere to clean up this mess. Please support these guys: If you don't try something then NOTHING is going to change.

  • TSR01 - 2012-03-19 10:26

    Now this is what comes from the "I want, I want, I want, give it to me for free!" mentality. The government cannot sustain it's citizens. The citizens must sustain the government. Instead of wasting money on those who do not want to work or pay any taxes, invest it in maintenance and development in the country. More people will be willing to pay tax if they receive services which are reliable and up to standard.

      NeoAcheron - 2012-03-19 11:02

      Nah TSR01, you've got it wrong, it's not "I want, I want" it's "WE DEMAND! WE MAKE WAR!". But remember that you have to yell this out just like Malema when he rallies his sheep. Also hit your chest repeatedly with your right fist while shouting it, that seems to be the behaviour, coz "WE" actually means "ME".

  • John - 2012-03-19 10:31

    Want services, but do not want to pay. Marvelous philosphy. Where do these people think the money comes from to pay for these services? You only have the right to protest about poor delivery, if you pay rates etc. if you do not want to pay live in crap.

      Linda - 2012-03-19 10:53

      They KNOW the money comes from the Whites - which is part of the reason why they wont pay...

  • Andre - 2012-03-19 10:32

    This is the problem with all these tax increases!!! Eskom can increase electricity as much as they want, the ordinary user cannot afford to pay for it anylonger. All that is happening is that Eskom is moving the debt they would have on to municipalities which do not have debt collecting systems in place. They have and in some cases still encourage people not to pay - buying votes for their sucession ambitions. It is absurd! Listen to what economist Mike Schusler has to say about these increases. The tax birden has become out of control. Ordinary people simply cannot afford to pay for all these wastefull expenditure. Pravin is simply out of touch with reality!! Will they ever come to their senses? Probably not.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-19 10:32

    ANC wants EVERYONE to contirbute to SA's economy, then stop this little tax here, little tax there and just UP VAT!!! Then all this bull*^*t will end! But they won't, just write the debt off and increase income tax, fuel levies...etc...

  • Ze Don - 2012-03-19 10:33

    How is this even possible? If you live in the suburbs & you don't pay promptly your electricity gets disconnected!

      Piet - 2012-03-19 10:40

      Because you are white buddy!

      Ze Don - 2012-03-19 10:49

      @Piet: Well that's a given... LOL!

  • Ze Don - 2012-03-19 10:47

    Perhaps it's time that we start making illegal connections & bypassing metres as well? After all 75% of the population can't be wrong... can they?

      Linda - 2012-03-19 10:55

      Show me how and I am with you! I am sick and tired of paying to provide free electricity and water for half the nation. If Eskom halted the illegal connections and started making the users pay like everyone else they wouldnt have had to increase electricity by 200% over 3 years.

      Ze Don - 2012-03-19 11:35

      @Linda: The problem isn't making the illegal connection. The problem is that we'll be arrested & prosecuted :-(

  • Andrew - 2012-03-19 10:57

    Typical it has probably been stolen or wasted on Cadres.!!

  • Gerhard - 2012-03-19 11:01

    No billing system???? I am pretty sure that the suburbs, businesses are being billed!! How else would they pay.

      Trudi - 2012-03-19 13:48

      Well Gerhard l stay in Vanderbijlpark and we receive it every month. If you are a few day late the electricity gets cut off. The worst roads in our town is in the most affluent area where people pay up to R7000 a month? Hoe bring jy die kloutjie by die oortjie?

  • Johan - 2012-03-19 11:02

    ja the report probably did not tell you that the billing system doesn't work and that people have been billed R21 000 for one month water ussage etc ? Go try sorting this out with Emfuleni. You will wait in a que from 09h00 in the morning and you will be attended to at 16 h00 only to hear " sorry sir - but you have to pay ! I cannot fix this problem . . . "

  • Sean - 2012-03-19 11:07

    Their services should be cut immediately. After all, does'nt the ANC believe in the "User Pays" principle. They threaten Gauteng motorists regarding the toll roads but township residents can use what they like without paying.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-03-19 11:12

    Guess which party's supporters make up the bulk of those not paying?

  • AyGeewils - 2012-03-19 11:20

    The big problem for us all - rising out of this sort of mismanagement - is the culture that it inculcates. This is going on all over the country and people in leading municiple positions are not being brought to book but rather just getting very very rich. The end of it is a total collapse of civil infrastructure and regression to destitution. Unless the ANC can be removed democratically and very soon, which seems remote, we are headed for dire striats.

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  • Elize - 2012-03-19 11:27

    Eish really did have to pay for all of this?? I want it for free you bloody agents that why I voted for you.....

  • alexinass - 2012-03-19 11:29

    @phythagoras, the municipality is "owed", do you count money that is yet to be received, you comments are childish.......

      frikkie.botes - 2012-03-19 11:47

      The Masses are just following their leaders. Even if that monies are paid, how much will return for services and how much will me coined by the ANC millionaire politicians.?

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-19 11:33

    Vote for us and you get free houses, free water, free electricity and a bag of toffees, now you want us to pay rates?. The ANC never mentioned such a thing when they asked us to vote for them. Go away....

  • damonsb - 2012-03-19 11:40


  • frikkie.botes - 2012-03-19 11:43

    So that is why the property rates in the upper class suburbs will be revised, for us to foot the bill of affirmative action. If you are an affirmative you don't need to pay .

  • Gavin - 2012-03-19 11:58

    This is the same government that wants me to believe that it can get the e toll bills correct ? I have this vision of them billing me a million rand for the 20 km's I will be travelling a day.

  • TacoDan - 2012-03-19 12:29

    Another factor is that the people getting RDP houses see the rates and taxes as the governments problem and that government has to pay up. These individuals want everything for nothing and do not want to contribute to anything. The illegal power connections, the failure even to keep around their new homes clean as well as the neighborhood. Many of the townships look like rubbish dumps as rubbish is in the streets and on the corners of the streets piled on high. Is this that they want the country to look like in the future. On my first visit to SA, we jokingly remarked that plastic bags must be the new national flower because it can be seen everywhere.

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