Sunday World - - Front Page - NG­WAKO MALATJI

TV per­son­al­ity and award-win­ning kwaito star Zola lied about sell­ing his sub­ur­ban lux­ury pad.

Doc­u­ments seen by Sun­day World this week show that Zola’s house in Melville, Joburg, was re­pos­sessed and sold by Stan­dard Bank af­ter he had failed to keep up with the monthly in­stal­ments.

Zola (real name Bonginkosi Dlamini) re­cently told a gullible Sun­day pa­per that he sold his house be­cause “it was too dif­fi­cult to main­tain [it]”.

The artist, who sold mil­lions of al­bums at the zenith of his ca­reer, bought the prop­erty for R517 458 in Novem­ber 10 2003.

The monthly in­stal­ment was R4 232, but he de­faulted sev­eral times last year.

A source privy to the ac­count said many at­tempts to get him to pay up failed.

“The ac­count was then re­ferred to the le­gal de­part­ment, which ac­quired the ser­vices of lawyers to ob­tain a judge­ment against him,” he said.

The bank ac­quired the ser­vices of Strauss Daly Inc, which ob­tained a judge­ment against Zola at the North Gaut­eng High Court last Novem­ber.

The ac­count was then re­ferred to the bank’s re­cov­ery de­part­ment, which sold the house to re­cover its money on March 13.

“The bank first needs to black­list you be­fore sell­ing the house,” said the source.

Zola needs to pay the bank over R313 000 be­fore he can ap­ply for rescis­sion of judge­ment.

The artist – who bought sev­eral lux­ury cars, in­clud­ing a BMW Z4 and a Chrysler 300C Hemi V8, when times were good – first main­tained that he had sold the house. But when told that Sun­day World had seen doc­u­ments show­ing that the house had been re­pos­sessed and auc­tioned, he threat­ened to sue if we pub­lished the story.

“What you are do­ing is a crim­i­nal of­fence be­cause you are not al­lowed to ac­cess my per­sonal in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Asked why he lied about sell­ing the house, he said: “What I do with my houses has noth­ing to do with you. Don’t for­get that I have un­fin­ished busi­ness with you mfana wam ’.

“I will teach you a les­son. In fact, you should be the last person to call me and talk to me. I will teach you a les­son,” he said be­fore hang­ing up.

The “un­fin­ished busi­ness” he was re­fer­ring to is an in­ci­dent in 2012 when he punched, kicked and set dogs on this reporter at his house.

He had in­sisted that we come to his house to get a com­ment re­gard­ing his baby mama’s al­le­ga­tions that he was not main­tain­ing his two kids with her.

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