Zindzi Mandela sets the record straight on 'derelict home'


A Sunday newspaper reported that Nelson Mandela's daughter's home was to be sold by the City of Johannesburg to settle arrears amounting to the sum.  But according to Zindzi, electricity and water at the house were disconnected six years ago pending renovations.

'I am not in receipt of a letter sent to the Zindzi Mandela Family Trust by a debt collection firm on behalf of the municipality'

She says she currently lives in a rented house in Sandton, rubbishing allegations that she left the house due to fights with her landlord.

"I am not in receipt of a letter sent to the Zindzi Mandela Family Trust by a debt collection firm on behalf of the municipality (as alleged). We demand proof of delivery / receipt to a clearly specified address and equally demand to know how and why the so-called letter was delivered to the (Sunday newspaper)."

She says there is no truth to claims that she abandoned the house because the bill was almost equivalent to the value of the house. "There are no crumbling walls inside the property. Images published this weekend were from photos taken earlier this year."

According to Zindzi, she and her family are seeking legal advice with regards to the article and journalist concerned "who has stalked and defamed me and my family on more than one occasion, to the extent of trying to access my current residence under false pretences."


November 2010: Reports emerge that Zindzi is embroiled in a row over unpaid rentals but she claims that the property is defective and that’s why rental has been withheld.

January 2014: According to reports, the house is vandalised and invaded by squatters. Neighbours complain that the house is a haven for criminals and is devaluing their own properties.

February 2014:  Zindzi's Houghton property has apparently been cleaned up by the City of Johannesburg.

October 2014: Reports emerge that Zindzi owes the city R1,5m in rates and taxes which she vehemently denies.

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