Msunduzi municipality left with bloody nose after High Court sets aside valuation of properties in its CBD

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The ANC-run Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) local municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has been given a bloody nose after the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Thursday set aside the 2019 valuation of some properties for rates levying purposes.

That valuation remains in force.

This was after a group of aggrieved ratepayers (who asked not to be named for security reasons) challenged the troubled municipality, claiming that it was thumb-sucking the value of their properties, thus overpricing them and making them liable for higher rates.

Judge J Mngadi of the High Court ruled that the municipality’s valuation is declared unconstitutional and set it aside.

The setting aside of the valuation doesn’t apply to all aggrieved ratepayers, but it is only limited to the 13 applicants (natural persons and companies).

Read the full article on IOL here.

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