JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Municipal officials apologized to global democracy icon Nelson Mandela and his family on Monday for mistakenly posting a non-payment notice on the former South African president's house warning him his electricity could be shut off.
The City of Johannesburg, which has faced a barrage of complaints from residents over bungled bills in recent weeks, said the notice demanding payment of $660 was supposed to have been delivered to a different house.
"The city wants to convey an apology to the Mandela family for any inconvenience caused by this unfortunate incident," the City of Johannesburg said in a statement reported by local media.
Anti-apartheid campaigner and former political prisoner Mandela, 95, has spent two months in a Pretoria hospital battling a lung infection that has left him in a critical condition.
The location of Mandela's Johannesburg home is one of South Africa's worst-kept secrets. It is frequently visited by media and well-wishers who leave messages for a speedy recovery on painted stones outside the residence.
First published August 5 2013, 9:00 AM