Electricity paid to Local Municipality but not paid over to Eskom
Could I report a case of theft at the local police against our Municipal Manager and Mayor,because we pay our electricity bill to the council,but they do not pay it over to Eskom. In my opinion it is theft,as I pay the electricity to them,trusting them to pay Eskom with my money. As a result thereof,our electricty is being cut off in the mornings and evenings. This is harmful to our electrical appliances. Our children also need to prepare for the coming exams,and is struggling as the power is cut till 8h30 p.m. by Eskom till the council pay the necessary agreement payments.Please advise me about my rights and what steps I can take against the council.
Dear Marlene Slater, Section 172 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), Part 2, gives detailed list of instances if present, a councillor, an official of a municipality or municipal entity, a member of the board of directors of a municipal entity, can be guilty of an offence. My suggestion is that you have a look on s 12 of MFMA and if your scenario is listed, it surely amounts to a criminal offence of which you can approach your local police to lay a charge. Moretoo, you can approach a municipal law practitioner near you for a comprehensive advice and guidance. Goodluck.
Amended by author 17th October 2017, 17:18
My suggestion is that you have a look on s 172 of MFMA and if your scenario is listed, it surely amounts to a criminal offence of which you can approach your local police to lay a charge.