The financial problems of local municipalities continue as the Sheriff of the Court in Port St Johns locked the doors of the local municipality last week.

This comes after court orders were issued against the Port St Johns Municipality to pay its outstanding lifesaving fees.

The beaches off Port St Johns are some of the most beautiful, yet dangerous in the world and a life saver was attacked and killed by a shark in the beginning of the year in the small coastal town in the former homeland of Transkei.

Mayor Mnyamezeli Mangqo yesterday confirmed the closure of the municipal offices.


“It is true that the municipal offices  have been closed down by the sheriff of  the court on October 24 due to debt  owed by the Port St Johns municipality  to South African Coast Guards,”  Mangqo said at a press conference held  outside the municipal buildings.

Talks were yesterday under way  with the provincial government to resolve the matter and to have the municipal offices reopened immediately.
But Mangqo admitted the municipality’s finances were in a shambles, and  that South African Coast Guards was  not the only creditor.

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