IDOLS SA judge, Unathi Nkayi, is often engulfed by showbiz lights. But the same can’t be said about her home . . . Which has been in load-shedding mode!
This comes as the lights to the singer’s Randburg sanctuary were switched off last month. The move prompted her to go on social media to lambast City Power in a video posted on Instagram two weeks ago. In the video – which was later deleted – Unathi criticised City of Joburg officials. She said they refused to show their identification to verify they were indeed from the utility.
According to the judge of one of Mzansi’s leading talent-search reality TV shows, the men instead became frustrated. The SunTeam understands two males were sent to her house to take meter readings.
According to her post, they ended up switching off the lights. In the video, Unathi insisted she wanted to see the men’s identification because she’d been robbed in October and was afraid.
Instead of responding to her social media rant, City of Joburg escalated her query to City Power. According to City Power, Unathi’s lights were switched off because she owed R166 678.
The power utility said Unathi’s lights were offed because despite numerous requests for her to make payment arrangements, she hadn’t done so. City Power spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, said any customer of the City of Joburg who was 30 days overdue on their municipal account was sent a pre-termination notice letter.
He said the notice was sent five days after the due date. Mangena said Unathi was given 14 days to settle the account. If the customer hadn’t done so, nor signed an Acknowledgement of Debt Notice, which allowed them to make arrangements to settle the account, their services were cut off.
Insists Mangena: “With regard to (address withheld), which Unathi Msengana complains about, as per our records, the property is not registered in her name. She was not even seen by our contractors when they were at the house. It’s unclear why she said our contractors didn’t produce identification. If she’s a tenant, she owes R166 000 to City Power and we’ve done all in our power to remind her and ensure it’s paid. But it’s been all in vain.”
He also refuted Unathi’s claim that City Power employees didn’t want to produce identification.
Said Isaac: “Our contractors were patient and polite. They produced their identification to both the police and the rightful owner of the house and were correctly identified as City Power contractors.”
Mangena said if any customer wanted to be reconnected, they had to pay a reconnection fee and the amount owing on their account.
According to Mangena, Unathi was sent pre-termination notice letters, with the latest issued on 24 December.
In her commentary, Unathi said: “I don’t know why City Power is invading my privacy. I don’t know why they’re doing that.”
– Sunday Sun