Opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has given poor South Africans a cause to smile following a proposal tabled by the party to the government.
The fighters, who laid down their proposal on Sunday via a statement called for the cancellation of unreasonable debts in rates and taxes for the poor.
The EFF party postulated that there is growing phenomenon across townships where the municipalities are charging our people, in particular old age headed households, unreasonable and inexplicable rates.
Driving home its assertions, the EFF party noted that some of the pensioners in many townships like in Mabopane in Tswane, Orange Farm in Johannesburg, Seshego in Polokwane get bills as high as R6 000 in one month.
“We can say it on good authority that this strategy is employed by many municipal officials who are looting our people in light of the realist that they think they local government will change.
It makes no sense whatsoever that the poor who are on pension and child grants get charged services of so exorbitant amounts within the rising levels of unemployment. Government seems to give them these grants on one hand, and collect them like loan sharks on the other with multiple interests.
We call on all these debts to be cancelled with immediate effect as they represent corruption and an unreasonable expectation of payment from the poor.
In Mamelodi, the municipality is even beginning to switch off electricity for the homes of poor pensioners who are unable to pay these ridiculous amount of the value of R6000. We condemn this as thuggery, corruption and absolute insensitivity on the part of the municipality,” the party maintained.
Meanwhile, the economic fighters have promised to soon launch a direct action on the aforementioned municipalities to ensure that rates debts are immediately canceled.
Presently surrounded by many ‘vincible and invincible’ fights and many more ahead, the EFF party has continued to push forward, especially in South Africa’s political ring.
Last weekend, the Appeal Court ruled in favour of EFF Leader Julius Malema. According to the court, National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise acted wrongly by asking Julius Malema to leave the National Assembly for alleging that the government massacred Marikana mine workers.
Modise’s appeal was struck out after the judiciary found that Malema’s words were not ‘unparliamentary’ and that he was justified in refusing to withdraw it.