How we make money in Tsh­wane

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - HJ BOTHA

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?

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