City Apologizes for Claiming Mandela Was Late on Power Bills

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_5b09efc370.jpgWALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- The city of Johannesburg has apologized for mistakenly posting a notice outside of Nelson Mandela's home over the weekend saying he was behind on utility bills. According to local media reports, the notice said the former South African president owed more than $600 in overdue power bills.  It threatened legal action if the full amount wasn’t paid within 14 days.

A spokesman for Johannesburg's revenue department admitted the error, saying, "The address and account number stated on the notice belongs to another customer and property in a neighboring suburb, not to the Mandela residence."

"The city wants to convey an apology to the Mandela family for any inconvenience caused by this unfortunate incident," the spokesman said.

Mandela, 95, remains in Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital in critical but stable condition.  He was hospitalized on June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

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