Unpaid electricity bills leave KwaZulu-Natal Legislature powerless

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature

The Democratic Alliance in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature is deeply disturbed following allegations that the provincial parliament has had its electricity disconnected twice in recent times after failing to pay its electricity bill.

It is believed that the Msunduzi municipality was again forced to take action and cut off electricity today.

While Legislature members and staff would be able to continue working, due to the back-up generator, the allegations remain alarming and are a very poor reflection against the legislature as the province’s chief law-making body.

Msunduzi municipality has only recently begun to claw its way back after being placed under administration.  One of the main crises still affecting the municipality is debt collection for services.   That the legislature would further jeopardise the municipality’s recovery by failing to pay its bill on time is shocking and sets a very poor example to ratepayers.

The DA calls on KwaZulu-Natal Speaker, Lydia Johnson, to immediately clarify whether the claims are indeed true.  If so, we expect a full explanation as to how this situation has been allowed to occur.