Minister 'victim' of Joburg billing
Johannesburg - Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka owes the Johannesburg municipality almost R35 000, but it is unclear whether his water and electricity were cut off, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.
"The minister would like to pay his service bill, but he will not pay thousands of rands for something that is inexplicable," Shiceka's spokesperson Vuyelwa Vika said on Sunday.
She however did not know what the situation at the minister's private residence in Midrand was. The minister was also a victim of the municipality's "chaotic" accounting system, Vika said.
Beeld reported that Shiceka's first enquiry into the bill was in 2008, and over the last three years he had heard nothing from the municipality.
"He only stayed at his home two days a week at that stage, but received bills that the municipality itself could not explain. He thought someone was using his power illegally."
He had since moved to a ministerial home in Pretoria.
"His house in Midrand is empty, but the bill gets ever higher. He wants an answer before he pays," Vika said.
Beeld reported that Shiceka did not answer his phone. Johannesburg municipal spokesman Kgamanyane Maphologela, Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo and the Gauteng premier's office could also not provide clarity on the matter.
So this person is a political minister and is not subjected to similar penalties as other residents - electricity cut off unless you pay outstandings. The law and the application of City Power rules seem to be skewed in favour of these ANC cadres
So you don't pay your bills as you have a dispute. You pay rates, and lights and water regardless of whether you live in the house or not. So why are't the other residents treated the same way, because ANC cadres don't pay!!!
I think the entire public needs to be educated as to how council services are charged for. If even a minister doesn't understand that an unoccupied house attracts rates and certain fixed charges even if there is no consumption, then we really have a problem.
When do you know a politician is lying? When his lips are moving...
If I could only be so lucky to receive an account; I do have a file as thick as a bible with the information required/shared (begging to pay since August 2009) to bill me on properties that I do own in joburg. Unfortunately to date I still have to receive an account for property taxes!
I herewith invite an employee of the 1st world city (working in the billing & revenue department) to phone me on 0793991340 (leave a message with your name and contact details or email address) in order to obtain whatever info you need to collect.
I don't want a discount, I want to pay and in order to do that; All I need is an account! My latest effort was;
Sent: 14 March 2011 08:00 AM
To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'; 'email@example.com'; 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
To date; Nothing has happened