Community livid over high electricity and water bills

The angry residents are seen with Cllr Govender.

Sky high electricity and water bills continue to do their rounds month after month since the municipality’s migration to the new Revenue Management System (RMS).

Ward 70’s Democratic Alliance councillor, Tony Govender said that he had been inundated with a flood of calls in this regard. Some residents were receiving bills of more than four times their normal amounts and they also fear that their supply would be cut off if they failed to pay.

Govender said that the municipality was taking its consumers for granted and he called on it to remedy this issue as a matter of urgency. People including pensioners were dedicated to paying their bills and now all they see are huge bills which were not even close to what they are earning.

Cllr Govender said that the new Revenue Management System which cost the city close to R600 million was flawed, and residents fear that while they were at work, their services could be disconnected and meters removed.

People have been economical after being warned to cut down on electricity and water. This should have resulted in reduced bills. Recently, some residents living in the Westcliff flats had their bills charged with somebody else’s address on it. Cllr Govender is appealing to the municipality resolve this issue as a matter of emergency.

Nikita Chiniah

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