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Gautrain heads to court as City of Tshwane cuts water and lights over R10m billion

The City of Tshwane has disconnected water and electricity supply at the Gautrain‘s Hatfield Station due to non-payment of a R10 million rates bill, the City said on Tuesday.

On its Twitter account, the City of Tshwane said Gautrain owed over R10 million and that they last paid their account in 2020. However, Gautrain said on its social media platform that all Gautrain train services were operational and travelling according to schedule.

They said the disconnection of services was illegal and said they would be heading to court on an urgent basis to force the City to reinstate services.

“Yesterday officials from the City of Tshwane cut off water supply to Hatfield Gautrain station claiming that it was owed approximately R10m for services. This afternoon the City cut off electricity supply to the station.
Hatfield station has a pre-paid electricity meter and the account is not only up to date but in credit to the value of approx R120 000. The water account is also up to date.

“We’ve been trying without success to contact the City to provide a statement of account and last night, the City shared a screengrab with us which reflects an account number that differs to the account number reflected on their notice to terminate services.

“The City has illegally cut off services to the station. Given that the water and electricity accounts for the station are paid in full and are up to date, we are calling on the City to urgently reconnect the water and electricity supply to Hatfield station and to avail itself to meet so that we can obtain a full statement of account rather than a screengrab,” the Gautrain said.

Source: eNCA

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