Mandela Bay rates boycott movement gains momentum

Rochelle de Kock

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers’ Association is preparing to hand over to the municipality what is said to be 1000 more dispute documents, including from major companies wanting to join the metro-wide rates boycott.

On Friday, association chairman Kobus Gerber dropped off about 3000 dispute documents – which the association said were worth R40- million in rates – from residents who are threatening to withhold payments if the council is not dissolved.

Gerber said the association and the city’s business chamber had given Eastern Cape Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane three months to ensure stability in the municipality, but he had failed to do so as there were still no permanent senior municipal managers.

Meanwhile, the Mandela Bay Business Chamber said it did not believe a rates boycott was the answer.


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