City of Joburg taken to court by 18 communities for meter tampering and incorrect billing system

Article by Emma Clayfield

City of Johannesburg is entangled up in a legal battle with 18 of it’s communities for meter tampering and their unexplainable billing system.

The Local Development & Economic Civil Association (LDECA) represents these communities as they have been having a tough time with the city’s incorrect and inconsistent billing system.\

The communities that are taking the COJ to court include: South Hill, Glenvista, Rivonia, Riverlea, Rosettenville, Turffontein, Lenasia, Noordgesig, Lenasia South,  Eldorado Park, Ennerdale, Klipspruit, Klipspruit West, Bushkoppies, Orange Farm, Mondeor, Ormonde and Ridgeway.

According to the association’s chairperson, Majiet Amien, people have not been issued with the prescription act which means the system is either rejecting it or there is something wrong with it.

It is alleged that since last year, the city has issued at least 480 pre-termination notice threats for water and electricity supply to residents of the affected areas, whereas the underlying issue is the continuous erroneous metering and accounting service by the City of Joburg. 

The COJ attorneys Nozuko Nxusani Incorporated opposed and deposed the organisation’s affidavits context through another affidavit filed at the high court on the 3rd of November 2020.  In a responding affidavit, the city also denies allegations of handing over the accounts of deceased people to remaining residents.

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