Ex-mayor Bongi Sithole goes bust

2009-04-10 00:00

Controversial former uMgungundlovu district mayor Bongi Sithole, who was ousted from her position, is in hot water once more. She appears to be penniless and her home in Chase Valley is empty.

A default judgment was granted against her in October last year for not paying over R26 000 to an exclusive fashion boutique in Musgrave Centre, Durban.

Almost her entire household contents and her Mercedes Benz C240 are due to go on sale in execution on April 24 to recoup the costs.

Goods repossessed to reimburse the R26 000 she owes the boutique include a big colour TV, a washing machine, DVD home theatre system, three-piece leather lounge suite, a dining room table with eight chairs, white sideboard, double-door fridge, chest freezer, wall unit, coffee table and a Mercedes Benz (NP 46478).

The Mercedes Benz apparently cost between R280 000 and R350 000.

It could not be confirmed before going to print whether Sithole had managed to settle her debt at the last minute, as the person in charge of accounts at the store is on leave until Tuesday.

Weekend Witness has also learnt that she owed over R11 000 to a local boutique, Next, in Wembley.

A boutique spokesperson said that although Sithole eventually paid her debt, she only did so after she was handed over to the lawyers. According to the spokesperson, Sithole settled her debt after a long time and her final payment, which included the lawyers’ fees, was just over R17 000.

Sources said Sithole is unemployed and after her resignation as an ordinary councillor, following her demotion from mayor, she fell on hard times.

However, said the sources, she is back on the political scene as a regional executive committee member of the ANC Women’s League in the Moses Mabhida region.

Attempts to get comment from Sithole were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

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