- The residents of Joburg are not satisfied with the progress Herman Mashaba made in sorting out the municipal billing issues
- Citizens are still being billed huge amounts incorrectly
- Mashaba had promised often to sort out the billing issues inherited from the ANC
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Johannesburg's former mayor, Herman Mashaba, has left the city feeling disappointed. The city is still battling to sort out municipal-related billing issues. Mashaba had promised to fix these issues when he started his term in office.
Briefly.co.za learned that the issues the city faced in regards to billing were inherited from the ANC led municipality but Mashaba had constantly promised to sort it out for the people of Johannesburg.
However, residents are still adamant that they are having issues with incorrect billing from the municipality.
One resident, Keenen Whittaker, received an electricity bill of R48 000 due to a faulty meter. Despite this, the city continued to send "rude" employees to disconnect his power. This placed a lot of strain on him according to iol.co.za.
“Well, I’m not sure about that really. My matter had to end up in the newspaper to get the city’s attention to sort out my account after many years.
“It was indeed a very painful and embarrassing process, the way the city officials treated us by cutting electricity illegally. Illegal disconnection letters, even if your account had queries. I’m still getting billings with estimates for the last six months now,” said Whittaker.
Residents hope that the incoming mayor will be able to sort the issues out more easily, with many residents battling with the city over huge utility bills.
Mashaba has routinely blamed the ANC for leaving the city in a mess and revealed that the city had been left with a staggering service delivery backlog.
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