Zuma to pay flat bills - presidency

2011-12-08 22:49

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.

  • wellington.chagonda - 2011-12-08 23:44

    Culprit deported,well......

      Yar - 2011-12-09 07:03

      Yes - to Zimbabwe - the home of rip off schemes. What is it like up there Wellington.

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-09 00:19

    Ok...and who pays Zuma?...

  • Gungets - 2011-12-09 05:28

    How does it happen that they run up a bill like that. I transposed the amount to be paid on my bill last month (R918 instead of R981) and short paid R63.00 ... R63.00!!! .. and they arrived at my house to disconnect 5 days after the due date. I had to pay that, plus the estimated next months amount, plus a "reconnection fee" of R200, before they would go away.

      Jan - 2011-12-09 14:56

      Gungets Your name is not Zuma!!!! Trust that you did get a receipt for the "reconnection fee"!!!!

  • Kevin - 2011-12-09 06:07

    Where will the monies BEE coming from to pay the bill..? Will they be stolen?...will they belong to the taxpayer?...will they BEE part of a kickback..? Oh I forgot, thees ees Uffreeka...where Ai ken tek wot Ai wont, BEE cos Ai haf gott thee stuggell credentials...

      Charmaine - 2011-12-09 06:50

      It is the tax payer who must bear these burdens, we should have a taxpayers and ratepayers meetings in all provinces. It is time for us South Africans to work in UNITY to air our Voices, without fear. Regardless of our skin colors, we are still all children of the One True Living God.

  • Charmaine - 2011-12-09 06:45

    And this is the reason why many South Africans are against the secrecy bill and other injustices towards our South African people. The Human Beings put in positions of power and authority are the main ones breaking the law and want to send us, who speak out against these injustices, to prison. It is also a common fact that if we do not have money, we are silenced, and the Rich are tight lipped. God will judge in the end.

  • Nick - 2011-12-09 06:52

    Oh damn, see what the media made him do.

  • Zion - 2011-12-09 07:09

    In this article please delete ZUMA and insert TAXPAYER

  • Breinlekkasie - 2011-12-09 07:16

    Is he going to pay the bills or are we going to pay bills?

  • Ari - 2011-12-09 07:29

    What a nice, decent chap he is! Going to pay his bills!! Oh, My. FFS!

  • Deon - 2011-12-09 08:09

    Rather not write a cheque again, a few has bounced over the years.

  • EyesEars - 2011-12-09 08:22

    I'm a bit confused. Is this suppose to be part of the "I'm suppose to get it for free" examples or "I'm a responsible citizen and therefor I will respect the laws of this country as everyone else and pay my due's, without having it changed in order to please myself" exmaple's.

  • Andre - 2011-12-09 08:28

    So, if we are in arrears with a month our water and electricity is cut! Double standards!!

  • Sharon - 2011-12-09 09:22

    I hope he is not gonna use taxpayers money to pay that bill!!!!!!!!!!! Wonder where he is gonna get that money, if he has that amount of money then why is he getting paid so much ????/

  • Tulani - 2011-12-09 09:30

    keep on deleting my comment..... but i stil stand my ground we not stupid as a nation da reason y i went 2 school everyday raining or was 2 train ma mind to logically, think things thru not b y da book... Zuma is not paying anything we as tax payers we gna pay his bills....i think it's high time Zuma knws wats coming to him..... none the less we are the nation that put the X on that ballot paper.

      Fidel - 2011-12-09 10:05

      Didn't they teach you grammar and spelling at school.

      Hunter - 2011-12-09 11:15

      Tulani, you probably went to a new SA school and the teachers stayed away on rainy days. Maybe your comments are being deleted because nobody understands a word of what your are saying.

      Marion - 2011-12-09 13:51

      @Tulani - just ignore the idiots who may have gone to school, even private schools, but obviously didn't learn basic good manners. They try belittle others in order to feel good about themselves. Were probably the school bullies and have now progressed to being internet bullies.

      Jan - 2011-12-09 15:03

      Tulani I agree with Marion. I like your thinking about the nation who will make their X. Just get your brothers and sisters to think and have the same attitude. The Nation must get RID of these thieves!!!!!! The sooner the better for all of SA

  • Tlakola Lepara MP - 2011-12-09 09:50

    Nothing to report on...

      Blade - 2011-12-09 10:03

      No brain in your head.

  • jwdupreez - 2011-12-09 10:33

    I know some people might consider my question an insult but will he pay with his OWN money or that of the state. The purpose of the question is to ensure that he does not err "by chnace"

      Tulani - 2011-12-09 11:50

      the money he has comes from the stae

  • Shirley - 2011-12-09 11:06

    And he leads by example! Shower must be broken!

  • madsipho - 2011-12-09 11:35

    He only takes the shower every now and then, but never pay the bill fo water. Oh sorry, we are responsible to pay those bills not him.

  • Tulani - 2011-12-09 11:48

    @ hunter and Fidel my fingers are faster than my brain if u know what i mean and at school was busy on maths and physics not that i didnt have tymefor grammar yes my grammar myt be bad for u but i guess ur brain is too slow to get the concept.

      Brandon_Wilson - 2011-12-09 13:16

      @Hunter, Fidel and Stephen I don't know why you are attacking Tulani. Yes his typing/grammer might not be on par with yours but if he resorted to speaking/writing in his mother tongue then you would have been up in arms. Let's just appreciate the fact the he understand and in principle agree that the user should pay for his services. Now please appologise to Tulani for your rudeness.

  • tacod - 2011-12-09 12:11

    you own it, you pay. No wonder johannesburg metro is in so much sh1t. Incompetent municipal workers that are not able to do the work required. Zuma should have owned up a long time ago and kept his rates and taxes up to date. I presume that he will blame the agent now.

  • mmakgaboe - 2011-12-09 13:05

    Taxpayers will pay the bill for Zuma's negligence!! Thats what the headline should read like. Freak!!!

  • gavinoleary68 - 2011-12-09 14:13

    Why is Mac Maharaj, paid by the government, answering questions relating to Zuma's personal affairs?

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