A KwaZulu-Natal football boss and businessman is threatening to take his wife to court after she told local news outlets he was “abusive and controlling”. Speaking on behalf of his client, lawyer Lesethja Malope of MC Simelane Attorneys said the claims against his client were “serious and defamatory”. He also added that his client has the right to protect his name and integrity.
The legal battle followed a lengthy divorce process and multiple claims by both parties regarding the custody of their minor child, as well as disagreements over property.
A rich businessman threatens to take his wife to court
An unnamed KZN business, which acts as a KZN-based Premier League team, is threatening to sue his estranged wife after she claimed he was abusive and controlling.
His lawyer told local newspaper IOL that the businessman is now considering taking the woman to court after she also accused him of forcing her to live in a house without running water or electricity because she refused to sign their divorce agreement.
Speaking to the Sunday Tribune, the woman said she and her husband separated in 2014 and he remarried in 2018 but continued to pay the household expenses.
After she refused to sign an “unsatisfactory” divorce settlement, he stopped paying expenses, leaving her desperate and destitute.
“I see how he distributes transfers to KZN, visits rich families, lives in a lie. What he does to me is violence – he doesn’t support my children, my house, takes away my car – all because I refused to agree to a settlement agreement. This is an abuse of power,” she said.
She also accuses him of frequent cheating, repossessing the car he bought her, and says he arrested her after she kept their minor child for the weekend.
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“Not his responsibility”
According to Adv. Malop, the claims are unfounded.
“Clearly and conveniently omitted from her post was that she initially moved out of the matrimonial home for a number of years before being invited back by our client when it became vacant.
“From the time she left until today, the children have been in the care of our client, who has been meeting their every need,” he said.
He also added that it is not his responsibility to financially take care of his estranged wife.