Zuma to pay flat bills - presidency
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will pay the outstanding bills for the two flats he owns in Berea, Johannesburg, the presidency said on Thursday.
It was reported on Wednesday that Zuma and his ex-wife, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, owed R120 000 for electricity, water and rates for two flats in Saratoga Avenue, Berea.
"The president had bought the flat on his return from exile and has not used it for many years," his spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.
"It is being administered by his legal agent, who had been trying to sell it," he said.
Dlamini-Zuma had not owned a portion of the flats since 1998, he said.
The Star newspaper reported that the entire building, where Zuma's units were situated, was in arrears of R1.8m for municipal services, and that the electricity was cut off two weeks ago.
The building was hijacked seven years ago by some of its sectional title unit owners, who formed a committee and persuaded tenants and other owners to pay the levy money over to them.
They claimed they would do the maintenance work on the building, the newspaper reported.
However, they did not pay the municipal bills. This was reported to the Scorpions, and the main culprit was arrested and deported to Zimbabwe.
The owners reclaimed their units, but not Zuma, The Star reported.