How we make money in Tshwane
DURING A RECENT radio interview the guest speaker emphasised the responsibility of the Internet user to keep his bank details confidential and, for example, not give anyone access to his
bank account. I’ve been careful for years, but that conflicts with the Tshwane municipality’s requirements.
For more than 20 years they had a monthly debit order on my account for the usual monthly charges on a property I owned in the Centurion area. In May 2005 I sold the property and the transfer took place.
However, despite numerous requests the city council continued debiting my account. Finally, late in 2006, they stopped doing so – but only after appeals at a high level.
Every month they send me a statement with a credit of R4 355,37. But they’re refusing to pay the money to me until I submit my bank statements to them.
Of course, I refuse to do anything so irresponsible. I’ve offered them a certificate from my auditor, as well as written confirmation from my bank to confirm that the amounts were recovered from the account, but they don’t accept those and insist on my bank statements being sent to them.
They recovered the money every month, so it would be easy for them to check up and see whether they recovered too much but are simply too lazy to do so.
The question now is: Do they do this so that the amounts can be written off later and do they do it with every property that’s transferred?
Is this Tshwane’s way of generating extra income and what do other municipalities do? Is it fair of them to demand my bank statements?