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KWAZULU-NATAL'S department of public works is disputing that it owes the Ulundi municipality R11,9million in unpaid debt, saying it knows only of a R4,2million debt.
The municipality is considering legal action against three provincial departments including public works for the alleged R11,9million, R10,5million from Land Affairs, and R11,9 million from the Ingonyama Trust Board.
Provincial head of Public Works Fikisiwe Madlopha said the department is up to date in respect of its property rates.
"The municipality only served a summons for the amount of R8million for services owed to it by mainly individuals who occupied state-owned houses. This debt had accumulated before 2005," Madlopha said.
Municipality cooperate service manager Nkosenye Zulu said there was no dispute with the department over the 2005 payment.
"We can confirm that Madlopha sent a letter requesting us to provide supporting documents for the R4,2million. However, we maintain that a further R7million for 2006 to 2010 is still outstanding."