Auction abandoned as Zuma pays part of debt

2012-11-08 00:00

THE expected auctioning of the property of Edward Zuma, son of President Jacob Zuma, did not happen yesterday after he made part of the payment towards the debt of more than R1 million he incurred for hislavish wedding last year.

Attorney David Vleck confirmed to The Witness that the auction did not go ahead as planned.

“He paid some of the money towards the debt. He paid this week. He still has to pay the outstanding amount,” Vleck said.

“We hope the matter will be settled before the end of the year.”

He declined to disclose the amount paid by Zuma.

Vleck said Zuma had made the payment after his attorney made arrangements to save his property from being sold, at the offices of the sheriff.

Auctioneer Allan Murugan confirmed that the proceedings were called off on orders from the attorneys representing Paul Mann’s Functions for Africa, a wedding planning company.

“No, we did not sell today,” Murugan told The Witness.

“As sheriffs, when an attorney tells us to stop, we stop. We depend on instructions of the attorney. We don’t ask why,” he said.

Zuma’s property, including his SUV vehicle, was attached by the sheriff of the court to pay off outstanding debt from his lavish wedding last year.

The notice of auction, which appeared in newspapers on October 26, had listed a black BMW X5, two double-door fridges, two three-piece lounge suites, two LCD TVs, an amplifier with five speakers, two DVD players, bar stools, camp chairs, a DSTV decoder, a dining room table and six chairs, and two microwaves.

It was a sequel to court papers filed by Mann in the high court earlier this year, ordering Zuma (35) to pay the outstanding amount of R1,5 million.

Zuma subsequently paid about R400 000 and in May Mann filed papers calling on him to pay the balance and interest at 15,5% a year.

The legal woes of Zuma are far from being over.

Last week, it was reported that Vleck had received instruction from Functions for Africa to prepare a high court application for Zuma’s sequestration, since it was unlikely that the proceeds from the auction would be enough to settle the debt.

Yesterday Vleck said the application was not completely off the cards.

“We want to agree on the final amount to be paid. We don’t have all the money yet,” he said.

Until recently, Zuma was taken to court by a Pietermaritzburg school for R17 457 in unpaid fees.

Contacted by The Witness yesterday, Zuma said: “Chief, I am busy with serious things. Bye-bye.”

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