Pay levies despite VBS ombud
Owners of sectional title properties and managers of community schemes have been urged to continue paying their levies to the Community Schemes Ombud Service following the suspension of two executives for investing R80m of its surplus funds with VBS Mutual Bank.
Acting chief ombud Ndivhuo Rabuli gave the assurance her office is not in financial trouble and will continue to deliver.
Following rumours that community schemes around the country are choosing not to pay the obligatory fee, ostensibly because the office is failing its mandate, Rabuli urged schemes and homeowners’ associations to pay their levies. “It is legally correct to do so,” she said.
Human settlements minister Nomaindia Mfeketo has ordered a forensic investigation into the unauthorised investment of R80m of the office’s funds in VBS. The probe, involving former acting chief ombud Seeng Letele and CFO Themba Mabuya, is under way. They were suspended in September amid allegations of gross negligence and dishonesty.