The Bloemfontein High Court has just ruled in favour of Mangaung Metro against Bloemwater, instructing the water entity to restore water to affected areas within the jurisdiction of Mangaung with immediate effect. The City welcomes this ruling, which vindicates us from misrepresentation of information as contained in Bloemwater’s media statement issued on Monday, 09 September 2019. Though we’ll be going back to court on 19 September 2019, this judgement brings a relief not only us as Mangaung Metro but to the general public.
We have always maintained that the resolution to this prolonged dispute can be found, amongst others, in the court of law and through mediation by the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation.
We would like to reiterate that Mangaung Metro has been consistent with monthly payments and the payment plan, as resolved during the National Treasury mediation meeting which took place on 04 July 2019. The only amount that is not being paid is the amount in dispute and this is the same reason that forced the municipality to take the legal route; as one of the options.
As a City committed to service delivery, we will do our utmost best in ensuring that Mangaung rate-payers are treated with respect and that they receive the services they deserve. We will continue to commit ourselves to any solution that will bring this matter to its finality.
Residents of Mangaung Metro will be continuously updated on developments in this case.
Issued by: MMM Communications
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