Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is currently taking part in a citywide revenue collection drive to collect just under R1 billion in arrears from over 2 000 businesses which have failed to pay for services.
Mashaba is joined by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department’s newly appointed chief David Tembe, head of the city’s Group Forensics Investigative Department General Shadrack Sibiya, the City’s head of legal services Isaac Mogashoa, and senior officials from the City and entities.
“The collection blitz is a joint intervention between City Power and the Revenue Shared Services Centre to collect arrears amounts owed to the City by businesses across the seven regions, excluding the areas that are supplied with electricity by Eskom.
“We are committed to bringing the rule of law back into the city and ensuring those who can afford to pay for our services do so. This is money which is crucial to the provision of services in our city, particularly our poorest residents, and reduces pressure on those currently paying,” the City said in a statement.
One of the business visited, The Golden Hyper in Yeoville has been closed down after a notice on multiple violations in December had not been attended to. The owner of the shop has been detained by the South African Police Services.
At the time of publication four arrests in had been made.
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