Farmers sued for non-payment of levies

Thabo Mofutsanyane district municipality is suing Eastern Free State farmers for up to R300 000 for allegedly not paying their Regional Services Council (RSC) bills. The RSCs were terminated in June 2006, when the last levies were payable.
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Thabo Mofutsanyane district municipality is suing Eastern Free State farmers for up to R300 000 for allegedly not paying their Regional Services Council (RSC) bills. The RSCs were terminated in June 2006, when the last levies were payable.

Chairperson of Agriculture (FSA’s) Committee for Local Government, Borrie Erasmus, said nobody knows what’s going on. It’s possible some farmers are still in arrears, but it’s difficult to explain the extraordinarily large accounts. “Reports from the farmers indicate the majority of the accounts were paid in full by June 2006, but municipal officials don’t know where the money is. It also seems as if the accounts were drawn up willy-nilly.” FSA advised its members to find receipts for all payments and get legal advice. “We recommend the farmers act as a united front and get legal advice collectively,” said Erasmus. “And they must take note that the RSC levies don’t include property or agricultural tax”. The district municipality includes the towns of Bethlehem, Clocolan, Memel and Harrismith. – Annelie Coleman

Annelie Coleman represents Farmer’s Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.