Ratepayer's case going to ConCourt

2012-09-12 12:36

Johannesburg - A case dealing with a municipality's ability to terminate services to ratepayers who refuse to pay their rates and taxes will be heard in the Constitutional Court early next year, BDlive reported on Wednesday.

The case deals with a resident of Kroonstad, Olga Rademan, who paid for her services but not her rates and taxes, BDlive reported.

Because she did not pay her rates, her electricity was cut despite her having paid for that.

Rademan is a member of the Moqhaka Ratepayer and Residents' Association, who are unhappy with the municipality's service delivery.

Business Day reported that the case would resolve a conflict between the Electricity Regulation Act, which limits when a municipality can cut off a resident's electricity, and the Municipal Systems Act, which gives a municipality powers to terminate services as a revenue collection tool.

The case has been in courts since August 2009.

The municipality has argued that it cannot be expected to go to court each time it wants to discontinue the services of a ratepayer who defaults.

  • sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-09-12 12:53

    Good for you Olga, we should all follow suit and only pay for services rendered. I hope this case gets won. Why should we pay for inadequate and in some cases NO service delivery. I will be following what happens in this case.

  • Irishman - 2012-09-12 13:23

    Good luck Olga, hopefully this will galvanise all of us to find other ways to show how unhappy we all are at the lack of service delivery and the dismal way this bunch of oxygen thieves are destroying this country.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-12 13:28

    Serves these municipal fatcats right-i wish such a campain wud spread up Gauteng Province. Bcas in JHB there ar even faults on the rates.

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