City revenue affected by court order
The City of Joburg would abide by its own policy of giving two weeks notice before switching off power.
JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News learned that the City of Joburg claimed on Wednesday, in a legal document, that its revenue was directly affected by a South Gauteng High Court agreement ordering it not to cut people off.
In December the city told a judge, it would abide by its own policy of giving people two weeks notice before switching off their power.
Now lawyers representing property owners trying to stop the cut-offs for good are accusing the city of manipulating its figures.
In the papers, the city said it received over R2 billion in November before the court agreement but only R1,5 billion in January.
Maurice Crespi of Schindlers Attorneys who represents the property owners, said the figures do not add up.
“What they fail to do is to compare those months with the previous year.”
He also said the city believes they have another agenda.
“They’re eluding to some kind of conspiracy by my clients to the effect that they have some form of intention to take the city down financially.”
Crespi said this is simply not true.
The property owners claim the city could not keep track of who had and had not paid their bills.In the papers the city claimed it has an estimated 1,2 million accounts and the number of problems involved in this case do not amount to a crisis.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)