DURBAN - The KwaZulu-Natal government's efforts to claw back R20.1 billion in debt owed to its municipalities could lead to defaulters having their properties attached, the province's MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs (COGTA) said on Thursday.
Sipho Hlomuka made the announcement at the launch of the "Masakhane, Let’s Rise and Build Campaign" in the Ugu district on the province's South Coast.
He said defaulters could have their properties attached under the Municipal Systems Act, Municipal Finance Management Act and in accordance with municipal bylaws.
Hlomuka said other interventions included a period of grace for defaulting residents, or those who had illegal water and electricity connections. Municipalities could also look at incentivising those who paid for municipal services.
“Currently the province’s municipalities are owed R20.1-billion in total by various consumers. Out of this total, domestic consumers account for R14-billion, which is 70% of the total debt. It is for this reason that we have unveiled this programme whereby we will be embarking on an awareness drive calling on consumers who owe their municipalities to come forward and make the necessary arrangements to pay-up,” said Hlomuka.