Londiwe Xulu
journalist
1 minute read
18 May 2022
11:37

Msunduzi cuts off services to schools in arrears

Londiwe Xulu

Msunduzi Municipality is disconnecting schools that are in arrears on their municipal accounts.

Msunduzi Municipality is disconnecting schools that are in arrears on their municipal accounts.

Municipal spokesperson, Ntobeko Mkhize said they have a number of schools who have fallen behind in their payments.

“Schools are encouraged to come in and conclude payment plans in line with the approved policy for the settlement of their debts,” said Mkhize.

A teacher from one of the schools that was disconnected, who asked not to be named, said the disconnections were causing serious problems for the school.

The teacher said: 

“We understand that we’re being disconnected due to outstanding fees but with the two years of Covid-19, the school hasn’t been able to get the money to pay.”

He said it had been a struggle to work and there was nothing they could do because parents were also affected by Covid-19 and many had lost their jobs.

The school has been part of the organisations that the municipality has been disconnecting for non-payment, apart from residents.

In November last year, Raisethorpe Secondary School was disconnected for a few days after they received a R2 million bill for rates.

The department of education did not respond by the time of going to print.