KZN councillors owe R1.7m in rates

2013-04-12 22:01

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal councillors owe the municipalities they represent more than R1.7m in unpaid rates and services, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

DA spokesperson George Mari said this had been revealed in a reply in the legislature to questions put by the DA.

"According to the April 2013 reply from the provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) department, Newcastle councillors are the worst of the lot, with a massive R522 000 outstanding.

"Ethekwini and Msunduzi follow, with R156 000 and R132 000 owed respectively," he said.

None of the amounts were owed by DA councillors.

Mari said the errant councillors - some of whom, he said, owed more than R10 000 - were setting a poor example.

"Failure to meet their own basic obligations to their municipalities suggests that they are not worthy to serve in that capacity."

He urged KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube to take action against the councillors.

  • Francois Conradie - 2013-04-12 22:26

    Apartheids fault?

      WildCatSal - 2013-04-13 04:36


  • Jannie Visagie - 2013-04-12 23:02

    Stealing is the standard

  • SharonE - 2013-04-12 23:29

    I can just shake my head. They really give new meaning to the word free-loader. They are supposed to lead by example. They are supposed to be proud servants of the people. They are supposed to be the first in the queue to pay their accounts. How very disappointing!

      WildCatSal - 2013-04-13 02:13

      ShanonE, seems the more stones that are unturned with our ruling Government the more dirt is exposed.. Do you think there'll ever come a time that when a stone is rolled over and it might just be clean and 'normal'..? What concerns me is that many people, including myself are becoming de-sensitizes to corruption and as the news pours in daily, we just nod our heads with disgust and sadness realising the 'shock factor' is long gone..! Darn, breaks my heart!

  • Andy Andrews - 2013-04-13 02:00

    If this is happening at this level of government imagine what is not being paid by the higher levels of the ANC COMRADES.

      WildCatSal - 2013-04-13 02:28

      Imagine this Andy.. A beautiful piece of ancient wood, that had been well look after, oiled and polished lovingly over the centuries with deep rich colours glistening through. Take that same piece of wood, leave it outside to rot and go to ruin. As you approach that same piece of wood and touch it, it will be riddled with worm holes. Touch it, it breaks into a 1000 pieces over a short span of time..... Only way I can express it. Ai..

  • Anthony Richardson - 2013-04-13 02:56

    Should make it that if you are in arrears with your municipal accounts you cannot stand as a councillor nor draw a salary for that position, simple solution?

      WildCatSal - 2013-04-13 03:02

      Anthony, sounds simple, but to implement something this straight forward and honest is asking for the impossible right now.

  • Fortune Sibiya - 2013-04-13 05:17

    They learn from the best Zuma(Nkandla Chief)

  • NewsNut - 2013-04-13 05:29

    Its The Graaaaavy!

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-04-13 06:12

    This is just another example of inadequacy from our anc government. Do you think that it is only 'lowly' councillors who don't pay? You'll be surprised how many higher up officials don't pay either! And we will rant and rave about it and that's that! They know that if they just ignore the whole thing it eventually be forgotten and go away - like so many issues of corruption and mismanagement by the anc. Watch Mathale get away with using public funds - R111000 - to go to the jazz festival. Its a sense of entitlement and arrogance that is prevalent in the anc government. They actually know that they are doing something wrong and will probably be found out but have absolutely no sense of shame or accountability.

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-04-13 07:35

    Gryp, rape en plunder...TIA

  • jungleboy - 2013-04-13 07:46

    Viva ANC for once again leading the people by example...VIVA Zuma...VIVA Nkandla...VIVA

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-13 08:15

    I say " investigate more" and you'll find more . Clearly, this is not all. Tip of another iceberg but global warming will bring these (don't know what to call them) to the surface. Verwoerd to blame, surely!!

  • Fox Trixter - 2013-04-13 08:36

    apartheid is to blame! yes. Whites had a 200 years headstart in looting the country. they can afford cause they are still spending the proceeds of apartheid! 19 yrs of democracy is nothing. 181 to go before the equation is close to be balanced! its time for blacks to eat, dont be jealous!

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-04-13 10:15

      I have always paid for services - also during the apartheid years. Contrary to belief, we didn't get it all for nothing! Even tertiary education was paid for!

      Vishen - 2013-04-13 14:18

      And to think your vote is equal to mine!

  • ANASKA - 2013-04-13 09:47

    KZN is the hot spot of South African's and is a base for the largest number of ANC branches - it is also the corruption and political assassination capital of South AFrica

  • Bryan Culross - 2013-04-13 12:18

    The fish rots from the head. Speaking of heads, Showerhead owed more than R100k on arrear rates and taxes for a flat in Berea,Johannesburg.

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