As­sault

IN SPORTS STAR’S DI­VORCE

CityPress - - News - NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA ntombizodwa@city­press.co.za

Aformer sports star and son of a soc­cer boss may face crim­i­nal charges for al­legedly as­sault­ing his for­eign wife. In an af­fi­davit de­posed by the woman, which was ob­tained by City Press, she said she was in the mid­dle of an ac­ri­mo­nious di­vorce and a fight over the cou­ple’s two chil­dren.

“My hus­band has pre­vi­ously abused me phys­i­cally, ver­bally and emo­tion­ally, and the emo­tional abuse is per­sist­ing on a daily ba­sis,” she wrote. City Press can­not name the cou­ple for le­gal rea­sons. The woman al­leged that the as­sault took place on Fe­bru­ary 1, but that she de­cided to open a case four months later af­ter al­legedly re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous threats.

She al­leged that on the day of the al­leged as­sault, she and her hus­band had ar­ranged for a par­ent and teacher meet­ing at the el­der child’s school.

“My hus­band was sup­posed to have con­tact with both the chil­dren on the same day. From 12.30pm,” she al­leged.

“I ar­rived 10 min­utes early. While I was still breast­feed­ing my son, I saw my hus­band ap­proach­ing my car. He came very close [and] with his phone pointed at me want­ing to take our son with him.”

She then al­leges that she asked him to leave and to stop ha­rass­ing her be­cause she felt in­tim­i­dated.

“He ha­rassed, pushed me hard with his arm/elbow and all this hap­pened when we were at the school premises. I told him he was petty be­cause I still had five min­utes left with the child to say good­bye to my son.

“He ha­rassed me out­side of my car. I felt that this was not ap­pro­pri­ate and I started video­tap­ing my hus­band, shortly af­ter he opened the door of my car where I was sit­ting.

“Then, he pushed me again and grabbed my cell­phone out of my hands and threw it in the bushes next to the car and walked off to the class­rooms.

“I was left trau­ma­tised, scared and wor­ried, know­ing that he as­saulted me in pub­lic,” she al­leged.

Three months later, in May, she says she was shocked af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call from a per­son who claimed to be a pros­e­cu­tor from the Johannesburg Fam­ily Court. She was told her hus­band had laid crim­i­nal charges against her for con­tempt of court re­gard­ing con­tact with their two chil­dren.

Af­ter that, she al­leges in the af­fi­davit, she re­ceived another call from a per­son who in­tro­duced him­self as Kenny, who claimed he was also call­ing from the fam­ily court and told her “they are com­ing to get you”.

The woman also al­leges that she and her hus­band had an ar­gu­ment via SMS, af­ter which he al­legedly sent her a mes­sage say­ing: “All the best u will need it as your time is run­ning out.”

In the af­fi­davit, she said she be­lieved this was a threat on her life.

“I was very scared when I re­ceived that mes­sage as there has been a lot of hos­tile be­hav­iour from my hus­band to­wards me pre­vi­ously. I was wor­ried that he was go­ing to do some­thing to me,” she said.

Ear­lier this year, City Press re­ported that Ger­man busi­ness­man John Sch­nei­der-Merck, who has been sup­port­ing the woman fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally, was ini­ti­at­ing a cam­paign to raise money for her to pay rent and gain cus­tody of her young chil­dren.

Sch­nei­der-Merck said that be­tween June and July last year, the sports­man re­moved the chil­dren from their mother’s care and she bat­tled to get them back.

Parkview po­lice spokesper­son Tintswalo Sibeko con­firmed on Fri­day that the woman had opened a case of as­sault and that it was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

The hus­band’s lawyer said he would not com­ment as the mat­ter is sub ju­dice.

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