South African municipalities steal billions meant for free electricity for the poor

The Voice

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Should've used the money to pay for their OWN outstanding bills. Municipalities currently owe Eskom hundreds of millions, which is then just passed onto people who actually pay their bills every month.
 

RaptorSA

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Often people do not know that if they are registered as indigent they are supposed to receive all the free services,” the institute said.

When you're so busy Toyi-toying you forget to check whether some of the free stuff you want is already free.
 

Budza

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National Treasury estimates how many indigent households there are in each municipality every year. They then calculate the cost of providing free services – such as water and electricity – to those people.

“The total cost of all the free services is multiplied by the number of estimated indigent households in each municipality, and that money is paid to the municipality,” PARI explains.

“This means that each municipality gets the money to pay for the free basic services directly from the national budget every year.”

Sounds like this system was specifically designed to be abused.

Shocked!
 

Cosmik Debris

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Makes you wonder how many billionaires we actually have in SA.

I would wager that most billionaires in SA occupy a government position.

Apparently 29 000 civil service millionaires:

Government is squeezing the 29,000 millionaire civil servants (defined as those who earn more than R1-million a year) in the upper levels of the civil service. Salaries have been frozen and...

 
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