Jan 31, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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City of Tshwane granted permission to attach municipality’s bank account over R253m debt

The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday gave the city of Tshwane permission to seize the account of the local municipality of Madibeng to force it to pay off its multi-million rand water debt.

According to A spokesman for Tshwane, Selby Bokaba, is owed North West Parish R258m for unpaid bulk water.

The Brits Parish includes areas that include Hartbeespoort.

“Im On August 10, 2021, the two communities entered into an agreement under which the former would pay their account in installments over a specified payment period — but they have failed in their commitment,” Bokaba said.

He said at the time of the closing of the agreement Madibeng’s debt was about R243 million and Tshwane was forced to cut the community’s water use by 50%.

Bokaba said Tshwane buys water in bulk from Rand Water and supplies it it m adibeng and other communities, and they are expected to pay their bills at the end of each month.

Bokaba said the city’s court request was a last-ditch effort to foreclose on Madibeng’s debts enforcing his bank account.

The City of Tshwane said the bank’s foreclosure account would allow it to recover monies owed and assist the city in paying its creditors such as Rand Water.

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