Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
13 Jan 2021
4:45 am

School in billing row

Bernadette Wicks

If school is forced to pay massive bill it may be forced to close its doors, says principal.

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A Johannesburg high school is still in the dark over how it racked up a R3.7 million electricity bill, despite the High Court in Johannesburg having ordered the City of Joburg to provide a detailed statement more than two months ago. The sky-high bill has been at the centre of a protracted dispute between Vuleka SSB High School – a low-fee independent school, serving the communities of Alexandra, Soweto and Cosmo City – and the city for four years now, with the former adamant it’s fallen victim to a billing error. Last year, the school’s power was switched off. It...