Cape Town – Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality mayor Danny Jordaan’s home in Port Elizabeth had not been billed for electricity for the past seven years because of a faulty meter.
But the municipality confirmed that Jordaan had already settled his account in full.
The municipality’s spokesman Roland Williams said this was not an isolated case.
“When this happens we make a three-month average calculation and the customer is entitled to make a payment plan and pay the bill. In this case the customer paid in full on Friday.”
Williams said no one had been living in the Summerstrand house and that the family moved in last month, but had brought the problem of the unpaid bill dating back to 2007 to the municipality’s attention.
“They did report it a couple years ago but we did not fix the meter and we are now checking internally as to why that did not happen… the matter was brought to our attention a couple of times.”
On Sunday, DA Eastern Cape leader and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro mayoral hopeful, Athol Trollip, likened the act to illegal electricity connectors.
“Jordaan’s actions are no different to ‘izinyoka’ illegal electricity connectors who illegally connect to municipal electrical connections without charge.”
Trollip said Jordaan has “robbed the people and the municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) of that income”.
“In a fair society, all are equal before the law, whether you are a mayor or a resident of a metro.
“If Jordaan is connected enough to have himself parachuted in as mayor of NMB, surely he could also have pulled the right strings to solve an electricity billing issue if he really had the will to solve the problem.”
Trollip said the DA was set to win the municipality next year and would provide a full-time mayor and a DA record of a clean and caring government to the people – in what appeared to be a dig around the fact that Jordaan was also serving as SA Football Association president. Jordaan could not be reached for comment.