Several hundred ratepayers have been slapped with mammoth municipal bills that have sparked widespread outrage. After the ANC Western Cape gave the City till 5pm on Wednesday to respond to its demand that the tariff increases and high bills be scrapped, party spokesperson Yonela Diko said lawyers had met “to finalise the drafting” of court papers.
ANC insiders said the party planned to collate several complaints it had received to formulate a class action lawsuit against the City.
Provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs said the ANC in the Western Cape was highly disturbed by the exorbitant water bills.
“These incorrect water readings are coupled with an unjustifiable 10% increase on water tariffs and a water device management system which punishes the poor through water restrictions once their limit has been exhausted.