Niehaus soon to be evicted

2009-02-15 00:00

Johannesburg — Former ANC media director Carl Niehaus may soon be without a roof over his head.

The owner of the luxury Tuscan villa in Carlswald, Midrand, that Niehaus has been renting since July last year, is going to apply for an eviction order as Niehaus is in arrears by hundreds of thousands of rands.

Yesterday, Eric Corbishley, the owner, said he signed the application for the order at the weekend.

“I’m also going to have the water and electricity cut off. Niehaus owes me in the region of R300 000 and I can’t wait any longer.”

Jannie Coetzee, Corbishley’s lawyer, said they intend lodging the application at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

Corbishley said Niehaus called him on Friday to assure him that he would pay his outstanding rent.

“I still don’t have the money. I want to get this over soon and get a new tenant,” Corbishley said.

Niehaus earlier told the Sunday Times that the ANC failed to pay him for three months, which meant he was not able to pay his rent.

“They [the ANC] have messed with me. There was a delay in payment and the finalisation of my contract,” he said.

He also admitted to the paper that he was once arrested because he could not pay an account of R70 000 at Sun City.

Yesterday Niehaus didn’t want to talk to Beeld.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe refused to comment on Niehaus’s allegations about his salary.

“When someone is in trouble, they’ll say anything,” said Mantashe. “I’m not going to get involved in a dispute with Carl.”

On Friday the ANC said via Mantashe that Niehaus would be redeployed within the party as a “loyal cadre”. The party was apparently not planning disciplinary action, but in the meantime it has come to light that Niehaus, who was high on the ANC’s list of candidates for the election, has been removed from the list.

The ruling party made the statements at a media conference after reports of Niehaus’s financial troubles were published in Mail&Guardian.

Rose Gudhluza, the Independent Democrats chair for Gauteng, laid a charge of fraud against Niehaus at the Johannesburg central police station because he admitted to the Mail&Guardian that he forged the signatures of prominent people while he was chief of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency.

“The ANC has lost its soul because people in a position of power are trying to enrich themselves,” Gudhluza said.

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