It has now emerged that the City’s water department had underspent its budget by a massive R1.6 billion. How on earth can this be justified when some of the poorest are being slapped with water bills even many of their better off counterparts can’t afford?
It is criminal. It certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Is this the City’s way of showing appreciation for a sterling team effort by consumers?
And if that is not enough, the City has raked in nearly R1 billion more than it had planned for water charges.
As we report today, service charges for water revenue amounts to an over recovery of R938 million. This makes daylight robbery look like a joke. It also makes a mockery of the City’s motto - “Making progress possible, together”.