Capetonians urged to join ANC suit against City over high water bills

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Cape Town - The ANC in the Western Cape has urged residents with high water bills to come forward and join it in a litigation case against the City of Cape Town.
“Our goal is to get more litigants to get relief. We plan on embarking on a door-to-door campaign this week and we want people to come forward,” ANC’s Western Cape elections head, Ebrahim Rasool, said.


In September, the party filed court papers to challenge increased water tariffs after it claimed it had received several complaints from residents who said they faced “ludicrous” water bills.

The party filed papers in the Western Cape High Court in a bid to launch a “class-action suit”. Papers were filed just days after the City announced the relaxing of water restrictions and a lowering of tariffs.

The class-action suit was filed on behalf of four residents, Patrick Festus, Arthur Theys, Januel Hector and Lameez Souma, and sought to have all water and sanitation tariffs increases set aside.

It also wanted certain sections of the City’s Water Amendment by-law declared unconstitutional.

The ANC also wanted the City interdicted from disconnecting residents’ water supply.

“The fact of the matter is that the DA made a profit of R1 billion from these water bills and they are trying their best to get a court date for this matter to be heard after the elections.

“We will try our best to get a judgment on this as soon as possible.

“We cannot let the DA hide behind the abuse.”

He said the campaign would start in Mitchells Plain and would target elderly people who have high water bills.

Mayoral committee member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg rejected claims that the City made a profit on the water bills.

“Based on current levels of consumption, the water and sanitation service is potentially at risk of under recovering for this financial year.

“All political parties have the freedom to launch any campaign that they feel will benefit them at the polls.

“There is no need for residents to pursue costly legal interventions in querying their accounts.

“Every resident is free to have their individual cases investigated on their own merit should they wish to do so.”

Sandra Dickson from service delivery advocacy group STOP COCT said: “This is an opportunity for all residents with high and incorrect bills to come forward and state their cases.

“I really hope that people will heed this call and make use of it. People were left on their own to take on the City as individuals. They were also told that they had to pay their account before the City would investigate.

“Where people fell in arrears after making arrangements to pay off their accounts, the City deducted this arrears money from pre-paid electricity.

“People received notices of demands to pay as well as notices of disconnection of water. Very few people successfully resolved these water issues with the City.”

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/new...t-against-city-over-high-water-bills-19854068
 

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Anyone else smell the desperation wafting through the air?

The irony here is how the ANC complains about the CoCT water prices. If they had control of CPT's water affairs there probably wouldn't be running water throughout half of the Province to begin with!
 

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I lol'ed a little.

Did the ANC (national level) not prevent/decline funding to DA (Regional) for dam infrastructure +-3 years ago?

Ergo Now protesting the problem they played an active role in creating.

EDIT: I might have just described the entire ANC campaign.
 
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These people filing - what was their consumption ? Do they perhaps deserve those high bills? I know people who bathed in grey water to help conserve water.
 

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I have a high water bill - it went from R6 or so a month to R700 a month.
I don't use any water, but the new monthly fee's are outrageous. I have a 50mm inlet, as it was a farm before it got subdivided donkey's years ago.

Went to complain and ask for a standard sized pipe, and got told nope, can't do. So i'm sitting with a R700+ bill that I can't change. At least my electricity is free. Sorely tempted to tell them to just remove the water pipe. It would be cheaper for me to buy water.
 

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I have a high water bill - it went from R6 or so a month to R700 a month.
I don't use any water, but the new monthly fee's are outrageous. I have a 50mm inlet, as it was a farm before it got subdivided donkey's years ago.

Went to complain and ask for a standard sized pipe, and got told nope, can't do. So i'm sitting with a R700+ bill that I can't change. At least my electricity is free. Sorely tempted to tell them to just remove the water pipe. It would be cheaper for me to buy water.
That is my current water billing. 34KL for 679.28. I am in PTA. How may KL did you use ?
 

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Are these the same muppets that were accusing the City of targeting poor people with the tariffs? Yes, the same poor people who don't actually pay for water or only start paying if they use more than everyone else was allowed to use.

The irony here is how the ANC complains about the CoCT water prices. If they had control of CPT's water affairs there probably wouldn't be running water throughout half of the Province to begin with!
But your water bill would be very low then. They'd deem it a clear success.
 

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I have a high water bill - it went from R6 or so a month to R700 a month.
I don't use any water, but the new monthly fee's are outrageous. I have a 50mm inlet, as it was a farm before it got subdivided donkey's years ago.

Went to complain and ask for a standard sized pipe, and got told nope, can't do. So i'm sitting with a R700+ bill that I can't change. At least my electricity is free. Sorely tempted to tell them to just remove the water pipe. It would be cheaper for me to buy water.

Has your meter got a 50mm inlet or does the 50mm pipe get reduced to a standard meter? Get a bakkie and connect it to the meter and rip the whole lot out and say the meter was stolen.
 

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That is my current water billing. 34KL for 679.28. I am in PTA. How may KL did you use ?
He doesnt use the water so 0Kl. The R700 is a flat fee regardless of usage.

Cape towns water tariifs are really quite ridiculous
 

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Has your meter got a 50mm inlet or does the 50mm pipe get reduced to a standard meter? Get a bakkie and connect it to the meter and rip the whole lot out and say the meter was stolen.
I must say I like this idea...you're getting royally fukked.
 

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He doesnt use the water so 0Kl. The R700 is a flat fee regardless of usage.

Cape towns water tariifs are really quite ridiculous

Pretty much - I live / work oversea's 10 months of the year, so my water usage is minimal
Zero most months.

Electricity I generate myself - no City or Eskom connection at all. Should have done that for water, I get a stream in winter coming down the mountain which could easily fill my needs for washing / showering in summer when i'm home.


I should add - I'm not condoning doing anything with the ANC at all. Fark that noise.
 

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I lol'ed a little.

Did the ANC (national level) not prevent/decline funding to DA (Regional) for dam infrastructure +-3 years ago?

Ergo Now protesting the problem they played an active role in creating.

EDIT: I might have just described the entire ANC campaign.
Wasn't the first time either. We had to pay out of pocket for the Berg river dam. The ANC loved the savings. Even showed up in a suit to open the dam for some of the shine. I'm pretty sure that's still costing us. But where would we have been last year without that dam? Up a dry creek with millions of paddles that's where. But we made it. No thanks to the ANC.
 

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These people filing - what was their consumption ? Do they perhaps deserve those high bills? I know people who bathed in grey water to help conserve water.
Well that remains to be seen. There were some bad billing errors too, and while the city tells people to dispute it with them they are glossing over the fact that it is tedious process dealing with the bureaucracy (similar to dealing with many large companies).
 
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