Members of the public are urged to demand proper identification from a person posing as the Municipal Valuer, Assistant Municipal Valuer or Data Collector for the City of Johannesburg. The Municipal Valuer, Assistant Municipal Valuer or Data Collector must carry such identification at all times during the inspection of properties.
Identification is required by law, and is stated as follows in section 41 of the Municipal Property Rates Act: (41)
Subject to any legislation that restricts or prohibits entry to any specific property, the valuer of a municipality, assistant municipal valuer, data-collector or other person authorised by the municipal valuer in writing, may –
between 07:30 and 19:00 on any day except a Sunday or a public holiday, enter any property in the municipality that must be valued in terms of this Act; and
inspect that property for the purpose of the valuation.
If a person authorised by a municipal valuer in terms of subsection (1) is not in possession of an identity card in the prescribed format containing a photograph of that person, the municipality must issue to that person such a card.
When entering any property in terms of subsection (1), a municipal valuer, assistant municipal valuer, data-collector or other person authorised in terms of that subsection –
must, on demand by a person on that property, produce his or her identity card; and
may be accompanied by an interpreter or any other person whose assistance may reasonably be required in the circumstances.