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The new Tshwane council has started a review of exemptions from rates and services billing that the previous ANC administration is alleged to have handed out, Mayor Solly Msimanga’s office said on Tuesday.

“It cannot be that debt owed to the City of Tshwane by other arms of government goes unpaid any longer,” acting mayoral spokesperson Matthew Gerstner said.

Mayor Msimanga would expose these debtors and demand full payment at the end of the review he was conducting. Tshwane needed to collect debts to improve service delivery to the people, he said.

EFF had made claims earlier that provincial and national government departments, the ANC’s provincial offices and its Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg had not been paying for basic services such as water and electricity for years.

 The party accused the former mayors of Tshwane and Johannesburg – Kgosientso Ramokgopa and Parks Tau – of shielding the ANC government as some departments had allegedly not paid utility bills for over five years.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s spokesperson Tony Taverna-Turisan said the ANC had brought its Luthuli House bill up to date, paying R1 million on September 2.

 

The EFF called for an investigation into the accounts of government departments and the ANC.

“And if it is found that indeed the defaults have been protected illegally, the two former mayors must be called to account and charged where applicable,” the EFF said in a statement.