About nine tenants residing at the Lombardy View in Lombardy West are without electricity after the City of Johannesburg cut off their supply.
One resident, who identified herself as Monica, contacted North Eastern Tribune requesting assistance with their issue. She said their electricity was cut off without any notice and now they are left to live in the dark.
According to the tenant, they owe the City about R7 million however, she said they are disputing that because they don’t understand how it actually arrived to this amount. “This is too much…we cannot be owing so much money because we do make some payments and we have been indicating to the City that there should be some kind of a mistake.
“The entire complex has electricity and it’s only nine of us who are affected by this. The power has been cut off from the mini substation and one unit was cut from the inside.”
Monica claims that there are two individuals who also reside in the complex, who have been collecting rent but are allegedly not making payments to City Power.
On 18 September she said that they were at the police station to open a case. However, this could not been confirmed yet as Tribune has not been able to contact her since then.
When contacted, Ward 81 councillor, Irene Rugheimer acknowledged knowing about the situation and even confirmed that the tenants indeed owe the City a large amount of money in services, but could not say how much. “If you’re speaking of one of the complexes, the problem is that they owe the City a lot of millions. They’ve signed acknowledgements of debt and not kept to the agreement.
Rugheimer concluded, “The complex is a sectional title. They owe millions due to non-payment etc. We are asking town planning to rezone the property so that it becomes individual homes.”
Rugheimer could not respond to allegations of corruption at the complex.
This is a developing story and more information will be made available when more details are confirmed.
Details: Irene Rugheimer 072 409 6594.