Sandton Gautrain says it's being held at ransom as its water remains cut off

The Sandton Gautrain Station says insists it has nothing to do with a legal battle between Cedar Park Properties and the City of Joburg and says it is being held at ransom.

The train service's water supply was cut off by the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) this month after the landlord racked up a bill of over R8m with the municipality.

According to the city, the owner Cedar Park Properties didn’t pay for municipal rates since 2013 except for a R600,000 payment last year.

Gautrain management insists, however, that their water account was up-to-date.

Gautrain Management Agency's executive manager of communications Dr Barbara Jensen explains.

Electricity we get from Eskom, we pay directly to Eskom. As a public transport facility we do not pay any taxes, so we pay water directly to the city. We do not pay and did not pay water to the city through Cedar Park.

Dr Barbara Jensen, Executive manager of communications - Gautrain Management Agency

Asked about the R8m owed, Jensen had this to say:

I think you should go look at the contract that Joburg Property Company signed with Cedar Park in 2009. That contract has nothing to do with Gautrain or the Gauteng provincial government.

Dr Barbara Jensen, Executive manager of communications - Gautrain Management Agency

I just think that it is very unfair of the city trying to keep a law-abiding, utility paying third party at ransom.

Dr Barbara Jensen, Executive manager of communications - Gautrain Management Agency

Joburg say they are a world class African city. Sandton station for international travellers, is the first entry point into the city, now we have portable loos for people to go to. They can't solve legal matters this way.

Dr Barbara Jensen, Executive manager of communications - Gautrain Management Agency

Their legal battle in court with Cedar Park has absolutely nothing to do with us, we just want water reconnected to Sandton station.

Dr Barbara Jensen, Executive manager of communications - Gautrain Management Agency

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