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Joburg 'threatens' legal action against Madiba

A pre-termination notice was stuck to the statesman's home over the weekend.

This City of Joburg notice threatens to cut services to Nelson Mandela's Houghton home unless an amount of R6,468.48 in arrears is settled.Picture:Thando Khubeka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Joburg is trying to find out whether former President Nelson Mandela owes it more than R6,000 for services.

Eyewitness News is in possession of a copy of a pre-termination notice dated 1 August that was stuck to the elder statesman's Houghton home over the weekend.

The notice states that his account has been in arrears for over 30 days. It also indicates that his services will be cut off and legal action taken unless the amount, listed as R6,468.48, is settled within 14 days.

City Power has not confirmed whether his account is actually in arrears. It has also not ruled out the possibility that the notice was stuck to the wrong door or is a case of irregular billing.

The city has been plagued by billing problems over the past few years with many customers laying complaints for incorrect statements or being over-charged.

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has distanced itself from the allegations, saying the city should verify its facts. It has denied Madiba owes any outstanding amounts relating to services.

The organisation has further called on the City of Joburg to respond to the allegations.

The city has promised to comment on the matter later today.

The issue comes as Madiba enters his second month in hospital for a recurring lung infection.

According to the last update by The Presidency, the global icon remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital and continues to show signs of improvement.

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