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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Naledi Pandor / Image: GCIS

Oops, he did it again! SA diplomat trashes another apartment

A SA diplomat reportedly left his Vienna apartment in such a damaged state that the estimated cost to repair amounts to around R700 000.

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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Naledi Pandor / Image: GCIS

A South African diplomat has been accused of damaging an apartment in Vienna, Austria, with more than R700 000 in damages to be recovered.

The diplomat in question, David Kweli Nkosi has also been accused of trashing an apartment in New Delhi, India, with more than R50 000 of damages.

SA diplomat accused of ‘trashing’ apartment

After the first incident in Vienna was reported about two months ago, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said that the matter was receiving urgent attention, adding that the diplomatic mission had indicated it would repair the damages.

Now, according to News24, the diplomat’s apartment shenanigans made headlines once more following written questions submitted by DA MP Darren Bergman to International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor.

The publication reports that Nkosi, moved out of the apartment in Vienna, after the owner, Karl Widy, discovered extensive damages.

According to Afriforum, when Nkosi moved out in August 2020 all the electrical appliances in the kitchen were destroyed and all the valuable cutlery was missing. There were no glasses left, the fridge and microwave were destroyed, the window frames and door frames were damaged, the sink, bath and toilet were stained, the walls and floors were dirty and stained with black soot, and the place was infested with cockroaches.

Not in agreement

Pandor responded by saying that the department was advised by the mission that there are no arrangements made to pay back damages as the mission did not agree with the landlord’s claim.

She also confirmed that there was a similar allegation against Nkosi at a previous posting.

“A request for a legal opinion has been submitted, with a view to getting guidance on the legal options available to the department to recover the debt,” she said. “As a result, the landlord in New Delhi submitted a report on damages to the property that was occupied by the official to the amount of INR306 850 (R53 612.20).”