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City of CT’s proposed drought charge set to face stiff opposition in council

The ANC and the ACDP have already indicated they are unlikely to support the move.

The City of Cape Town's Water Inspectorate install a water saving device at a property in Cape Town on 3 December 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A proposal by the City of Cape Town to impose a drought charge on residents to is set to face stiff opposition at a full council meeting on Tuesday.

The African National Congress (ANC) and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) have already indicated they are unlikely to support the move.

The city has already applied to Treasury for an exemption to levy Cape Town households for the next four years, to raise funding for water projects.

The City of Cape Town says it will need a billion rand a year to pay for drought interventions while dams recover.

But that would mean charging households.

Those with homes worth less than R400,000 are exempt from paying the tiered levy which starts at R35 a month.

A property worth R2 million will be billed R115, while commercial properties worth more than R50,000 will also have to pay up.

The ANC's Xolani Sotashe says this is unacceptable.

“People cannot be held responsible for the recklessness of the administration and this is a serious indictment of the current leadership in the City of Cape Town led by Patricia de Lille."

The ACDP agrees and says hefty tariff hikes over the past six years have made the city unaffordable to live in.