CT ratepayers challenge proposed tariff hikes

The greater Cape Town Civic Alliance is challenging the municipality’s proposed tariff increases.

Manenberg residents burn their municipal bills on 23 May 2012. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The greater Cape Town Civic Alliance is challenging the municipality's proposed tariff increases and is considering taking its case to the Public Protector.

The alliance claims the City of Cape Town did not follow proper procedures before the proposed hikes were passed in May.

Electricity, waste removal as well as water and sanitation tariffs are set to go up by between seven and 15 percent on July 1.

The alliance's Henry Wolfaart said their legal appeal, opposing the budget, has been rejected by the city.

"We submitted it to the city manager on June 6. A few days later, we received a reply. The mayor can do as she pleases, she does not have to speak to disgruntled ratepayers."

Wolfaart said they are being forced to seek the help of the Public Protector in a bid to force the council to listen.

In May, Manenberg residents burnt their municipal bills.

Demonstrators accused the city of failing disadvantaged communities.