The City of Johannesburg's battle with Cedar Park Properties continues.
The property company owes the City of Joburg R8 million resulting in the water supply at the Gautrain station being cut off due to nonpayment last week.
Concerns have also been raised regarding the sale of the land on which the Gautrain station is situated. Mayor Herman Mashaba says the property was irregularly acquired.
Africa Melane talks to Meshaba about the matter and he says Ceder Park Properties has been given two weeks to come up with the money.
As long as the City doesn't get its R8 million we are not going to reconnect. We don't understand why Cedar Park must receive special treatment.— Herman Mashaba, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
Mashaba says he doesn't understand why the previous administration made a deal of this nature with Gupta-linked Cedar Park Properties.
What is concerning is that not only do they not pay for services, it has emerged in the process this piece of real estate as donated to them by the previous administration and I am working to see how soon I can reverse this transaction.— Herman Mashaba, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
Mashaba says while he is concerned about the well being of commuters using the Gautrain, he will not allow criminality to continue.
I expect the residents to work with the City to push Cedar Park Properties to pay their dues. The land is in a prime piece of real estate and I don't know why it was donated to this Gupta-linked company.— Herman Mashaba, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
The mayor says in 2009 the City went into an arrangement to sell the property to Cedar Park for R280 million.
But strangely enough in 2013, the City registers a bond against itself and passes ownership of the land to Cedar Park Properties to pay them as and when it has money.— Herman Mashaba, Mayor - City of Johannesburg
An investigation is underway regarding the transaction of land and Mashaba says he believes the information will be brought to light.
Listen below to the full conversation: