EML issues services disconnection threats

EML Communications Manager, Stanley Gaba

By Naledi Khumalo

Emfuleni Municipality is at it again.

This time the Vanderbijlpark based local authority issued a warning to residents who were still in arrears of service payments.

 In a statement released last week the Municipality threatened to disconnect services to everyone who avoided paying during the lockdown.

The EML statement indicated that only those who made payment arrangements will be spared.

“Customers are therefore urged to visit the Revenue Department for arrangement to avoid disconnections,” reads part of the ELM Communications Department’s statement.

Residents accumulated municipal bills during lockdown as no one was available to serve them since the council offices were closed. Some claim that they stopped paying after receiving erroneous bills from the municipality.

Irate Emfuleni residents who are not impressed with the performance of current leadership of their local authority threatened unspecified action.

“They are quick to act against residents when it comes to payments, but they are very slow when it comes to responding to services delivery requests,” said one Bophelong resident called Mondli.

Another resident, Mandi Baloyi warned EML to desist from the habit of harassing residents.

“We are contending with their poor service record, but they can’t even give us one month to breathe from Covid 19 loses,” fumed Baloyi, of Loch Vaal

EML has been in the media headlines for wrong reasons. Township residents have been staging erratic protests against electricity disconnections. Bophelong residents are unhappy with pipe bursts which are prevalent in the township.   A council spokesman told Vaal Observer last week that a private company has been appointed to deal with the pipe bursts in the township adding that the lockdown was slowing their efforts.

The Gift Moerane led council which is reeling under a provincial administration has been limping from on disaster to another for quite some time.

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