City of Tshwane pledges to continue cutting power to non-paying customers

Morning Review presenter Lester Kiewit speaks to Alderman Peter Sutton, a member of the Mayor’s Finance Committee for the Town of Tshwane.

  • The city of Tshwane has embarked on a debt collection campaign to recover R17 billion
  • City cuts power to late and non-paying customers
  • Guatrain’s Hatfield station, shopping malls and various businesses have already been cut

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The City of Tshwane is pushing ahead with its debt collection campaign by cutting off electricity supply to late and non-paying customers.

This week, the city’s electricity utility cut services to the building that houses the South African Revenue Authority, South African Police Headquarters and various private businesses.

Even the Gautrain was hit when city workers disconnected the Hatfield station.

According to Tshwane Metro, more than R17 billion is owed by customers for services rendered.

A member of the mayor’s finance committee, Alderman Peter Sutton has vowed to keep shutting down services until customers make a concerted effort to pay their debt.

He says that before services are terminated, they engage with customers to encourage payment to avoid being cut off.

He adds that less than 1% of legal challenges against the City for disconnecting debtors have been successful.

There is a massive culture of non-payment in the city of Tshwane that we have to deal with. It is a different approach, but we maintain it.

Alderman Peter Sutton – Tshwane Town Municipal Committee Member for Finance

The law is very clear. Your invoice and your account must be paid.

Alderman Peter Sutton – Tshwane Town Municipal Committee Member for Finance

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The law provides that if you do not pay, we can disconnect the services.

Alderman Peter Sutton – Tshwane Town Municipal Committee Member for Finance

The city of Tshwane is in huge financial trouble, and it’s up to us to fix it because we’re sitting with R17.2 billion in debt and a culture of non-payment.

Alderman Peter Sutton – Tshwane Town Municipal Committee Member for Finance

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