- ANC Northern Cape provincial chairperson Dr Zamani Saul has racked up a bill totalling R121 231 in unpaid rates and taxes
- This comes as residents of Kimberley prepare to embark on protests against high electricity tariffs
- Residents of the city have been angered by the shocking revelation that Saul has not paid his municipal bill
African National Congress (ANC) Northern Cape provincial chairperson Dr Zamani Saul has been the target of criticism and a general backlash from angry Kimberley residents after it was reported that he has racked up a municipal bill of R121 231.
The bill from Sol Plaatjie municipality states Saul has not made payment for rates and taxes levied on his official residence. According to the latest statement, an amount of R103 301 is more than 90 days past due.
The news comes as residents of Kimberley prepare to embark on protests against what they claim to be excessively high electricity tariffs. The march is scheduled to take place on Monday.
Briefly.co.za gathered that frustrated residents have been angered by Saul failing to make payment on his bill and not being disconnected from the electricity grid.
IOL.co.za reported that some residents used social media to accuse the Sol Plaatjie municipality of sending mixed messages and being guilty of providing preferential treatment to politicians.
The EFF called for all residents to be treated equally and said if pensioners or ordinary people failed to pay their municipal bill they faced having their municipal services cut and that should count for politicians as well.
The party called for a change in the way in which consumers purchased electricity and said it would be beneficial to consumers and Eskom if electricity could be purchased directly from the power utility rather than being purchased through the municipality.
The EFF said the current electricity levy of R260 per month was unsustainable and was being used by officials to line their own pockets.
The DA joined the fray slammed what it called the preferential treatment provided to ANC leaders and members.
Reports indicate that Saul has a pre-paid electricity meter at his official residence which means his bill is made up of rates and taxes, water consumption and refuse removal.
The ANC has defended Saul and said it was extremely worried that his municipal bill had become a matter of public record. ANC provincial spokesperson Naledi Gaosekwe said Saul’s wife had lodged a dispute with the municipality three months ago when the couple discovered they had been incorrectly billed.
Gaosekwe said the bill of R121 000 was incorrect, she said it was impossible for a family of five people to use R80 000 worth of water in just a couple of months.
Sol Plaatjie municipality acknowledged that a dispute had been lodged and said officials were looking into the matter.
Residents are expected to hand over a memorandum to the municipality objecting to the implantation of the R260 electricity levy in addition to new electricity rates which are due to take effect on 1 July.
The march is expected to draw around 5 000 participants.
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