AfriForum takes municipality to court

2013-02-22 21:28

Johannesburg - An application has been brought to the North West High Court in Mafikeng to compel the Matlosana municipality to pay Eskom money owed for electricity supply, AfriForum said on Friday.

"We want the municipality to honour its commitment to Eskom and to prohibit Eskom from cutting the electricity supply to Klerksdorp and Jouberton," the organisation said in a statement.

"We have decided to assist because residents are not getting any answers from the municipality... AfriForum receives complaints on a daily basis about poor service delivery."

Matlosana includes the towns of Klerksdorp, Orkney, and Hartebeesfontein.

AfriForum intervened when residents of Klerksdorp and Jouberton township were notified that their electricity would be cut on 14 March 2013 because the municipality had failed to pay its electricity bill to Eskom.

"The municipality neglected to pay its outstanding account of over R91m.

"The failure to honour these commitments boils down to contravention of the municipality's constitutional duty to deliver local services."

The application was first brought before the court on Friday and would be heard next month.

  • SharonE - 2013-02-22 21:49

    Maybe Eskom needs to cut out the middle man and start billing consumers directly. It would certainly be cheaper, as the municipalities load the price. And we can assume that water money is not being paid over either?

  • Bingo - 2013-02-22 22:17

    @tsotsi- regardless of how valid your point may be, citizens of all colour are paying this council for electricity. They buy the electricity from Eskom, add on a substantial percentage and the sell it on to consumers, again, of all colours. Does your argument in anyway justify their not paying Eskom, I think not. So what exactly is your point?

  • danie.kritzinger.18 - 2013-02-22 22:44

    Tsotsibaby. rest assure - the ANC government will soon create a 3rd world South Africa for all. Rampant crime, corruption, incompetence, poor or no service delivery etc. etc. The European feel will soon disappear, but that will surely be blamed on Apartheid as well. The dream of a rainbow nation is fading - true. The ANC is playing the race card tremendously well...So good you are still referring to white supremacy, nearly 20 years on...Wake up and smell the coffee - soon there will be no electricity and coffee, so make haste!!

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-02-22 23:11

    Bananas R1.99 a kg

  • Willie Olivier - 2013-02-23 00:16

    Who the hell is/was Matlosana that they named a municipality after him/her? What was his/her contribution to Klerksdorp's development?

  • zondra.hoffmann - 2013-02-23 07:33

    That is how Municipalities work! They collect rates and taxes from property owners, as well as all the service and infra structure fees and then water as well as electricity usage for each property. Do they pay their suppliers? No, because by the time salaries (inflated) are paid to employees (staff could be reduced by 50% if competent and actual qualified people are employed), unnecessary purchases and undeserving bonuses have been paid, there is nothing left to pay what the fees were collected for. The Municipalities laid the cables and did all the connections for electricity and water supply to be utilised in towns and cities, and that is why this is the system used. It is plain and simple mismanagement by Municipalities and we all know the reason why!!! The only other solution is for property owners to withhold the usage fess, and use this to pay Eskom directly. They will still have to pay for the infra structure fees from the Municipalities however! But that could at least ensure that the suppliers get their money and properties will not be "cut off" if this is done.

  • Bheki S Spottiswoode - 2013-02-23 11:29

    There is one thing that i dont understand with the government when the municipality goes Down they were watching nd now thy are in very big issue thy not helping..!

  • Mary Steele - 2013-03-13 12:02

    While the court case is next month - can they still switch it off?

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