Led by city manager Mmaseabata Mutlaneng, a team from the municipality supported by the Tshwane Metro Police Department has been switching off businesses and government offices who haven’t been paying their municipal accounts. An official from Gautrain tried to plead with the team not to switch off the station without any success before she informed her superior. The entourage from the municipality arrived around midday on Tuesday.

Independent Development Trust, which apparently owes the city R8 million.

The entity was spared disconnection after paying half of the owed amount. That’s not been the case for others. The Sinoville Shopping Centre’s supply has been cut. It’s apparently R16 million in arrears The building that the South African Police Service’s national headquarters are a tenant in has also been disconnected because the property owner has allegedly not paid the R5.1 million debt.

“No-one is spared. We all have our own obligations. We were here yesterday, they’re aware,” Mutlaneng said. The Gautrain station in Hatfield has had its services cut off by the City of Tshwane for the nonpayment of its municipal account which has an amount owing of more than R10m.Commuters were surprised when a large contingent of metro police in more than half a dozen vehicles arrived at the Gautrain station in Hatfield around midday to switch off water and electricity. 

Gautrain spokesperson Kesagee Nayager disputed that the Gautrain station in Hatfield is owing more than R10m in rates and taxes. “The Hatfield Gautrain station has a prepaid electricity metre and the account is not only up to date but is in fact in credit to the value of approximately R120,000,” said Nayager.

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