‘City of Joburg’s measures to collect unpaid bills at roadblocks is a sign of desperation’

“When you are in the financial dire situation that they are in, they are going to do things like this but we saw this with e-tolls a number of years ago.  It didn’t work and it’s not going to work.”

“We are not saying don’t pay your bills. We need our cities to work, but right now we are just asking the city to use other mechanisms to collect this debt, switch off the electricity, the water. Do what you got to do in that regard, have your billing queries handled properly,” adds Duvenage.

City of Johannesburg on a mission to recover billions owed in municipal services

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In May the City of Joburg stated that it is looking at ways to give some relief to ratepayers including deferring their municipal accounts.

Source: SABC News (sabcnews.com)