ZOLA LOSES HOUSE
SINGER LIES ABOUT REPOSSESSED HOME
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.