City ac­cused of wrong water billing

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

A NGWELEZANA woman is ac­cus­ing the uMh­lathuze Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of neg­li­gence af­ter be­ing told she owes R22 000 on her water ac­count.

Lindiwe Dweba is adamant that she has been pay­ing her monthly ac­count and has blamed the city for wrongly billing her in­stead of her neigh­bour.

‘When I went to pay my rates last Fri­day, city of­fi­cials in­formed me they had been billing my neigh­bour for my water ex­penses. It didn’t make sense as I have been pay­ing them ev­ery month.

‘I need to know where my money went af­ter all these years. They told me they cleared my neigh­bour’s ac­count and added his out­stand­ing bal­ance to my ac­count,’ Dweba said.

She said city of­fi­cials agreed that they made a mis­take by billing the wrong per­son.

‘I don’t be­lieve it is cor­rect to pun­ish me. This is not my re­spon­si­bil­ity. This looks like a day­light rob­bery. They need to clear my ac­count.’

Dweba said she was hop­ing Ward Coun­cil­lor Sim­phiwe Mz­imela would in­ter­vene to solve her prob­lem, but noth­ing has hap­pened.

Mz­imela said he was aware of the mat­ter, but re­fused to elab­o­rate fur­ther, say­ing he has not been granted per­mis­sion to speak to the me­dia.

City of uMh­lathuze Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Mdu Ncalane, urged Dweba to re­fer the mat­ter to the mu­nic­i­pal’s fi­nance de­part­ment.

‘They will lis­ten to her, but the mat­ter is clear, they will can­cel all her debts,’ said Ncalane.

Lindiwe Dweba

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