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The City of Johannesburg's policy of not offering water on credit to residents of Phiri, Soweto, as it does elsewhere in the city, is discriminatory, the Constitutional Court heard yesterday.
"I accept that the problem (of non-payment) requires a solution, but why did it differ from the solution that applied in white Johannesburg?" asked Wim Trengove, arguing for a group of Phiri residents in a case about the lawfulness of prepaid metres.
Trengove said it was wrong that the city had a different policy for different parts of the city on the assumption that some people could be trusted with credit, while others not.
"The worst payers are government institutions and yet they are supplied water on credit."
Justice Kate O'Regan pointed out that between one-quarter to one-third of the city's water was purchased by Soweto residents, with only 1percent of users paying for it.
"If credit is allowed in Parktown it must also be allowed in Phiri," Trengove said. - Sapa