Gcina Ntsaluba
3 minute read
25 Jan 2020
6:05 am

‘Unfair’ cut-off services leaves Joburg CBD residents high and dry

Gcina Ntsaluba

One property owner, Ithemba Property, said the services were cut off 'out of the blue' when city officials came to disconnect water at three of their buildings

Purchase Flats resident Otshepeng Monare speaks to The Citizen at her home in Johannesburg, 24 January 2020, about her ordeal of not having had running water for the past three days. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Thousands of Johannesburg inner city residents have been left without basic services such as water and electricity for days after the City of Joburg cut off services without any explanation, according to property owners. One property owner, Ithemba Property, said the services were cut off “out of the blue” when city officials came to disconnect water at three of their buildings, leaving thousands of people without water supply. The affected buildings are Purchase Place, Eyethu House and Rand Executive, which collectively house more than a 1,000 families. “They did this without following their own bylaws. We had a court order...