Joburg says no to billing queries

2012-09-05 17:45

Johannesburg - Gauteng finance mayoral committee member Geoffrey Makhubo refused to accept more than 3 000 unresolved billing queries from the DA on Wednesday, the party said.

"Mr Makubo’s office refused to accept the bills and went so far as to call in the Johannesburg metro police department to remove us from the premises," Democratic Alliance Johannesburg caucus leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

He said taxpayers, who had been waiting months for a response from the city, decided to submit their queries to the DA for assistance.

"A vast majority lodged multiple complaints, but have never received any response from the city, and their problems still haven’t been resolved," said Maimane.

"So the fact of the matter is that these people have been waiting in the queue, but haven’t been helped."

Comment could not be obtained from Makhubo.

  • Thebigguyjim - 2012-09-05 17:06

    I sold a property in JHB 3 years ago. Still waiting for final reconciled account. They owe me R14,789 plus interest buy my accounting. I have given up on trying to recover this money. I only pray that they follow up on their empty threats to summons me for the R60,000 plus that the fools say I owe them. I begged the company appointed to sue me to issue summons ASAP, I even made sure that they had my correct details, I am still waiting.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-05 18:20


      gary.guy.507 - 2012-09-05 18:28

      I sold a property in 2008 and am still owed around R5000 by the city, but have had absoloutely zero response from all my attempts to recover this. I actually looked at whether I could sue them through the small claims court, but finally I realized that the man-weeks I was wasting trying to get this back was not worth it. It is easier to find a way to cheat on my taxes and recover this R5000 from the government that way. - 2012-09-05 18:40

      Geoffrey Makhubo we are not in a banana republic, this is a democratic country, you work for us ... remember?! But once again the ANC comrades live in their own little worldly state -(of-mind).

      catgirl1971 - 2012-09-05 19:05

      If 3 or more years have passed since the so-called R60 000 'debt' you supposedly owe them the Prescription Act No 68 of 1969 comes into effect whereby any debt (except for a mortgage bond) not paid for 3 years or more cannot be enforced to be paid and is null and void.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-06 07:31

      @ catgirl1971 - But for gov department is it not 20 years

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-09-05 17:07

    Will somebody please demand a referendum NOW on how the present government is failing to govern the country. This is absolute nonsense

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-09-05 18:07

      Jim the sad thing is if they do it, the country will only go to the Dogs again... and that is the truth...

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-09-05 17:25

    What a bunch of dickheads!

  • flysouth - 2012-09-05 17:43

    I am one of those thousands being ignored by Jhb City Council. My complaint of July 2011, with a reference number, repeated in Nov 2011 and another ref. no issued (WTF is that for?) has resulted in no action whatever - other than threats to disconnect! Meanwhile I continue to receive massively inflated bills with false meter readings on them! They should all go phcuk themselves sideways.

  • leon.leroux - 2012-09-05 17:45

    Dear Mr Makubo, may you and all your non-performing officials at the Johannesburg Municipality also have the pleasure sometime in your lives, to be treated as poorly as we have, by a government department and may you then think back on your unprofessional conduct today.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-05 18:08

    How can someone so incompetent be so arrogant?

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-05 18:24

      It has become the ANC trademark.....inept, incompetent, arrogant, profligate (recklessly wasteful)......what are they doing to our pride as South Africans?

      Klaus - 2012-09-05 18:26

      easy, cANCer appointee !

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-05 18:17

    Unbelievable that we find ourselves in and with such an ogre useless lot of imbeciles who cant even plan themselves out of a wet brown paper bag and expect others to solve their incompetency useless "leadership" abilities while they get salaries that makes the mind boggle .

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-09-05 18:23

    Another example of CADRE DEPLOYMENT - incompetent, greedy and lazy with no accountability...!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-05 18:23

    Arrogant, incompetent comrades. We need a regime change now, the people of South Africa deserve better than being ripped off by ANC cadres.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-05 18:26

    Deployed cadre anc tribal trash FIRMLY esconced into every conceivable position and they can now turn their back on any and everything good, progressive, accurate, accountable, and even criminal with impunity! Zanu-pf handbook will soon take second 'fiddle' to anc-pf in ways to extort and thieve and murder to cover the tracks! You voted for this............................blindly, indirectly or through apathy in not seeing to it that your neighbouring SA citizens old or especially young were adequately embraced, accepted and encouraged to understand how the true functionality and strengths of Democracy should work! Better that they are left to their own devices and followings like Malema and that yardie crew of yahoos to beat breasts and cause mayhem and burn and destroy BUT STILL STAY LOYAL TO THAT BLACK CROSS THAT HAS BLACKENED SA, ne? Uhuru soon????

  • heinrich.kruger.18 - 2012-09-05 18:48

    This calls for a class action in Constitutional Court against the City Council, Provincial Government, Central Government as well as the ME C in his personal capacity

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-05 19:59

      I agree all 3000 should stand together and fight this together its utter rubbish the way the Govt treats the taxpayer and if I'm not mistaken municipalities are owed billions by the Govt and this is their way of trying to settle their debt its so wrong so very very wrong!!!!

  • heather.oshea.52 - 2012-09-05 18:52

    I have not received an account for nearly a year... so i used to call every month to get the amount outstanding and pay it accordingly. when my water and lights were cut off, without so much as a warning letter, i sat for hours, until i eventually got in front of a very senior man, and when i showed him my emails i sent every month, the money i had paid every month (i was given the wrong amounts every month), his comment to me was 'pay it, or i will cut your water off as well and really make you suffer' lovely stuff!!!!

  • stephen.naude.9 - 2012-09-05 20:32

    And you expected what from a corrupt and inept metro

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-09-05 21:17

    CROOKS, THIEVES, daylight robbery are some thought that come to mind with regard to JHB billing. latest scam is the "pre termination notice fee" that gets zapped onto the rates accounts. No such thing as acting within the law for them, They like the JMPD is WAY outside the law.

  • elize.papenfus - 2012-09-06 06:17

    We sold 2 properties(at a lost) in Dec 2011, everything is ready to be lodge,but we wait for a 'refuse removal bill 'otherwise the lawyers can't lodge,it's 9 months now,STILL NOTHING.We paying people to to a job, WHICH THEY CANNOT DO.!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-06 07:06

    I have a brilliant idea - let them cut you off, then bring someone in to "illegally" connect you, then when they have no customers to charge exorbitant prices to and start making a lose then maybe they will actually start "applying their minds" and come up with a solution. Why can't we do it - all those people who live in shackville do it and get away with it, so let's follow their lead.

  • shemara.mazzolini - 2012-09-06 07:40

    It took me 2 years to get a Rates & Taxes bill out of them, eventually received it, R28 000.00 worth, only to see that I am being billed Business Rates instead of Sectional Title, this has now taken me another year with no solution.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-06 08:58

    James, you're wrong. It is a banana republic

  • darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-10 08:42

    problem with whites is that we dont stand together.we all bitch and moan a lot then do nothing.blacks stand together,sure they sometimes break stuff but at least they get heard.

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