Municipality sues Lindiwe Sisulu over R500k unpaid utilities bill

Municipality sues Lindiwe Sisulu over R500k unpaid utilities bill

- A property owned by Lindiwe Sisulu has more accumulated than R500 000 in unpaid utilities bills

- The DA says this debt was unlawfully cancelled to allow Sisulu to sell the property

- Sisulu denies this, however, and says the City must approach her tenant to settle the debt

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The City of Johannesburg is reportedly suing Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu for unpaid utilities amounting to more than R500 000.

A tenant at a Bellevue property owned by Sisulu wracked up the hefty pill mostly in the form of unpaid water and electricity bills.

The DA claims that a government official illegally scrapped the debt in 2015 so that Sisulu could sell the house.

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The utility bills stem from between 2010 and 2014. They initially totaled R285 000, but the interest has increased the bill to R537 000.

The municipality, which is currently DA-led, alleges that this debt was unlawfully cancelled in 2015 by a senior government figures with ties the ANC, according to Eyewitness News. The party says this was the conclusion reached by an independent forensic investigation.

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Sisulu, however, denies this. She says that an agreement was reached that the tenant would pay the bills directly to the municipality. She said should have been informed of the unpaid bills long ago.

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A spokesperson for the minister released a statement to this effect. The spokesperson said that the municipality needed to make an arrangement with the tenant to receive the money for the unpaid bills. 

The spokesperson also claimed that Sisulu was being brought into the issue merely as a political ploy, has gathered.

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