Res­i­dents op­pose wa­ter tar­iff hike

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SU­SAN Lewis, a Dis­trict Six res­i­dent, said: “It’s just me and my daugh­ter and she is not work­ing. This in­crease is ridicu­lous, we can’t af­ford it. It seems as if the DA wants us to sit out on the street. We’ve tried our best to save wa­ter and we’re get­ting pun­ished for that. (Mayor) Pa­tri­cia de Lille wasn’t think­ing straight when she came up with this. I think she has much to do with it.”

An­other res­i­dent, Ish­mael Dudley, said: “The in­crease is to­tal mad­ness. It’s just day­light rob­bery. Firstly, they asked us to save wa­ter and gave us lim­its… All of a sud­den now they want to in­crease tar­iffs de­pend­ing on the value of your house.

San­dra Dick­son, of the Dear Cape Town/Stop COCT group, said the group was con­duct­ing sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis of the City’s bud­get doc­u­ment, which was more than 1 000 pages long. “Up to now, we have sent the City 18 600 com­ments (via e-mail) ob­ject­ing to the tar­iff in­crease.”

The group had cre­ated a web­site en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take part in the pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process, which was at its weak­est since 2009. She said it was shock­ing that rate in­creases in Ekurhu­leni were zero, while Cape Town’s bal­looned to 26%.

Judge Kruger, the founder of #SaveCapeTown, said the City would be ex­tort­ing its res­i­dents. Kruger handed over three mem­o­ran­dums in Par­lia­ment. The pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s of­fice ac­cepted them.

PIC­TURE: HENK KRUGER/ANA/ AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY

Cit­i­zens protest against the City’s pro­posed tar­iff hikes.

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