Joburg billing queries to be sent to AG

2012-09-09 22:17

Johannesburg - Over 3 000 unresolved Johannesburg billing queries that the Gauteng finance mayoral committee refused to accept last week, will be forwarded to the auditor general, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.

DA finance spokesperson Patrick Atkinson said the party would send spreadsheets and supporting documents available to the team auditing the city.

"The billing crisis and the defective financial data it [the City of Johannesburg] has produced have been at the heart of Johannesburg's failure to attain an unqualified audit over the past two years," said Atkinson.

The city had been the worst performing of South Africa's nine metros in terms of the accuracy and reliability of its financial data, he said.

On Wednesday, the DA tried to hand over the unresolved billing queries to the committee, but member Geoffrey Makhubo refused to accept the documents.

His spokesperson, Zoleka Zide, said that the city had a contract agreement with its customers, and as such the DA could not resolve queries on its behalf. The city was not going to give preferential treatment to any person or political organisation.

Atkinson said the customers had already unsuccessfully tried to resolve their queries a number of times.

"What made her comments even more curious is the fact that some queries date back to 2003, and how this can be construed that residents are jumping the queue is simply nonsensical."

The DA would also send the information it had gathered on unresolved billing queries to the public protector and the National Consumer Council this week.

  • bryan.culross - 2012-09-09 22:51

    I was handed over to debt collectors by the council ... the problem is that they have created 3 accounts for my one property ... when these accounts are consolidated the balance is neutral ... however seperately there are large debit and credit balances dating back to 2009. The debt collectors lost interest in dealing with it and told me that the council refuses to assist them in resolving problems.

      Antipoaching - 2012-09-10 13:50

      I used to work for attorneys who did debt collection on behalf of Nelson Mandela Metro, we had exactly the same issues with them. Surely municipalities should take what their duly appointed legal reps say into account? We lost a number of defended actions because either the muni never gave us the info we were looking for or when they did give it, the "Defendant" was so clearly correct that we had no option but to fold our hand, which left the muni footing the Defendants legal bill.....

      Klaus - 2013-01-17 19:27

      @Antipoaching, correction, it is the same taxpayer who pay's, he is screwed twice - the only winners are Lawyers

  • hendrikvs - 2012-09-09 23:01

    Well - whatever CancER touched the past 18 years is a mess. How many more examples do we have to bear?

      les.eberhardt - 2012-09-10 08:17

      Hendrikvs. You're so right! It's because of "AFFIRMATIVE ACTION" that unqualified people get the jobs. I was called a RACIST for saying what you said now in your comment. What would we do without the DA? They are the only hope the country has!!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-10 08:48

      Nowhere does the law which obligates companies to apply AA say employers must employ incompetent or unqualified people. The law clearly says any employer who has more than 50 employees must also start employing Africans, Indians, Coloureds, women (of all races) and people with disabilities in areas where there said categories are UNDER REPRESENTED. Therefore, AA or employment equity must be given meaningful application by employers. If they choose to appoint incompetent or unqualified people, don't blame the law or the policy. Blame those who deliberately misapply it. People who want companies that already have 50 white people to carry on employing only whites are not just racists, they are also Retards. In other words, they are Racist Retards. The `dont`t like brigade can now have their fun clicking, as if that will stop sensible companies from employing qualified and competent people referred to above :)

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-10 00:38

    Johannesburg City council do not know how to reconcile accounts. Sad to see but true. What can you expect from uneducated morons.

      rick.kabose - 2012-09-10 08:55

      Maths and science aren't compatible with the "soshiel syenses" brigade.

      debbie.leroux2 - 2012-09-12 13:21

      Well. I have spent 4 days at the council - not one consultant had any idea - and you are unable to get to the accounts dept - so we are technically screwed - the council are a bunch of thieves - they look at opportunities to take money - and nobody can do anything about it - they are untouchables protected By the ANC

  • Gaby - 2012-09-10 06:23

    Dammit, I;m sorry I didn't hand mine in. What COJ fails to realise is that they can't just sms me "your account is correct, now pay".

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-10 08:15

    Here we come Zimbabwe . We should all rush to Zim because its getting better there and worse here. And , we are just at the beginning of what's to come. Run boetie run and the whites will follow you.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-10 09:36

    Government depts and municipalities have only two departments. one is called fraud and the 2nd is called corruption. So now which department is going to sort this problem out. Fraud goes in and looks and says its not my department then corruption goes in and says its not my department, who are we going to blame,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ah I knnow apartheid that should solve the problem.

  • natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-09-10 14:22

    Whomever sits behind a keyboard and screen at the council found my name and ID number and created 3 different bills for 3 different properties I do not own, have never owned, do not lived in or have ever lived in. My non crisis query has been dated to be resolved in October and until then I somehow have to explain to some equally uneducated mountain troll who is now demanding payment the above situation. I have now had to pay an independent third party who knows a way through this dark ages gauntlet of red tape to try and resolve their f*&%up. How lucky we are to live in this free and fair South Africa.

      debbie.leroux2 - 2012-09-12 13:26

      It appears the council may open accounts in anybody's name they choose, whithout that person's permission. They are probably at liberty to run a credit card at a bank in your name too, or open an edgars account in your name - same difference - protected by the ANC - they can do whatever they want

  • Msika - 2012-09-10 15:45

    Can I also forward mine to the AG, I've been overcharged,defrauded by the Thswane Municipality several times?? Those bustards do not even take meter readings but the bill is forever going up.

  • debbie.leroux2 - 2012-09-12 13:18

    Johannesburg council created an account in my husbands name and backdated it two years ( This was done without either our permission - no ID, no nothing - it means that the council is at liberty to open any account they want in any persons name without their permission - the could go to the bank or edgars or wherever they want and open an account in your name - nothing you can do about it - its illegal) So now we have a new account and before they will transfer the money back into the new account that they created, we must give them proof of payment for EVERY cent we paid for the past 2 years. Otherwise, they simply put the money in their pockets and we have to pay the 58 000 they are now charging on the new account - what a bunch of clever thieves that run our country

  • jake.devilliers - 2013-01-17 13:30

    In Sept last year, CoJ brightsparks read my meter incorrectly which resulted in the start-reading being higher than the end-reading. A very obvious mistake and assumingly easy to rectify - not so it seems. CoJ promptly charged me over R100,000 for the 100,000+ units "consumed" during that month and to date it is still unresolved with regular threats of being blacklist if I do not pay. Hell will freeze over before I give in to the criminal buffoons.

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