Mys­te­ri­ous debit leaves res­i­dent fum­ing

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

IS it ac­cept­able that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity can take money from a res­i­dent’s bank ac­count with­out their per­mis­sion?

This was the ques­tion asked by Jenni Wa­ters when the mu­nic­i­pal­ity with­drew a sum from her ac­count with­out her knowl­edge or con­sent.

Last Fri­day Talk of the Town re­ceived a Face­book mes­sage from Wa­ters who said she was shocked when she saw an en­try for a with­drawal of R422.18 from her bank ac­count that she had no knowl­edge of. “I no­ticed it in my monthly debit or­ders,” said Wa­ters, who called the bank to ask what the debit was for.

“The bank con­firmed it was the mu­nic­i­pal­ity [who re­ceived the money],” she said.

Wa­ters said she had sold a prop­erty on George Street in May 2011 and that Neave Stot­ter had han­dled the trans­ac­tion. This is the only place she can imag­ine the mu­nic­i­pal­ity could have got her ac­count de­tails from.

“All mu­nic­i­pal debts were set­tled by Neave Stot­ter [at the time of the sale], and I re­ceived the bal­ance of the monies. Now, seven years later, some­one de­cides that I owe them money,” Wa­ters said.

Con­cerned that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was able to with­draw from her ac­count with­out any no­ti­fi­ca­tion or her au­tho­ri­sa­tion she con­tacted the pa­per.

In turn, Talk of the Town con­tacted mu­nic­i­pal spokesman Ce­cil Mbolekwa to en­quire about the in­ci­dent, but we had not re­ceived a re­ply by the time of go­ing to press.

SHOCKED AND CON­CERNED: While look­ing through her bank state­ment Jenni Wa­ters dis­cov­ered Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity had with­drawn money from her ac­count with­out her knowl­edge or au­tho­ri­sa­tion and asked Talk of the Town to in­ves­ti­gate

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