Dr’s papgeld prob­lems

For­mer Bafana Bafana star Siphiwe Mkhonza’s ex fi­ancée wants him to do the right thing for their child

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For­mer Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana player Siphiwe Mkhonza is em­broiled in a bit­ter papgeld drama with his for­mer fi­ancée. Mkhonza (37), who was known as Doc­tor Mani in his hey­day, will ap­pear in the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trates’ Court next month.

Two sources close to the SABC soc­cer an­a­lyst and his for­mer fi­ancée, whom City Press is not nam­ing to pro­tect the child’s iden­tity, said this week that the drama played it­self out on Mon­day.

A few min­utes be­fore 6.30pm, when Mkhonza was sup­posed to start pre­par­ing for his pop­u­lar SABC1 show Soc­cerZone, she ar­rived at the stu­dios unan­nounced, po­lice in tow, to slap him with a sub­poena and a main­te­nance or­der.

“Mkhonza was so em­bar­rassed be­cause his col­leagues wit­nessed the scene,” said one SABC em­ployee who was there when the po­lice ar­rived. “But I don’t blame her. He must be man enough and sup­port his child.”

An­other em­ployee who wit­nessed the po­lice’s ar­rival at the SABC’s Auck­land Park head­quar­ters, said that, as em­bar­rassed as Mkhonza was, he had no choice but to sign the pa­pers.

How­ever, when called on Fri­day for com­ment, Mkhonza said: “My sis­ter, I don’t know what you are talk­ing about. Some­one out there is just tar­get­ing me.”

He re­fused to en­ter­tain any fur­ther ques­tions and ended the call.

How­ever, friends of the cou­ple say Mkhonza has not been sup­port­ing the child fi­nan­cially for the past 10 months. Mkhonza, they say, paid lobola for his fi­ancée, who is also in her thir­ties, three years ago.

They said that it was only re­cently that the woman de­cided that she had had enough and took the step to haul him be­fore the main­te­nance court.

“Her in­ten­tion was not to em­bar­rass Mkhonza. But she had no choice af­ter she made sev­eral calls to him and he was al­ways rude to her,” said one.

“She is un­em­ployed and her family has been help­ing her sup­port the child, while Mkhonza is not even con­tribut­ing a cent as a fa­ther.”

An­other said that Mkhonza has more than one job: he is also coach for Monash South Africa and MacDon­ald’s Un­der-14 sides.

“I don’t un­der­stand why he is fail­ing to pay be­cause he can af­ford to main­tain his child,” said an­other.

“This is so sad be­cause Mkhonza is pun­ish­ing the baby for what­ever he thinks the mother did. The boy’s Grade R grad­u­a­tion party is com­ing soon and she is stress­ing be­cause she is un­em­ployed and she will not be able to af­ford to buy all the grad­u­a­tion clothes for the poor child.”

An­other friend said Mkhonza was a won­der­ful fa­ther, but that prob­lems began when the cou­ple broke up last year and he left the house they used to share.

One of her friends al­leged Mkhonza left be­cause he fell in love with an­other woman.

“The fi­ancée was there for Siphiwe when he was job­less and she used to sup­port him fi­nan­cially, but when she lost her job, he failed to re­turn the favour. In­stead, he left her with the child,” one of the woman’s con­fi­dantes said.

It’s not the first time Mkhonza has made head­lines for the wrong rea­sons.

Two years ago, the Sun­day Sun re­ported that Mkhonza seemed to be quite the player off the field too, and had 15 chil­dren he was fail­ing to main­tain, from at least six women. At the time, he did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Con­tacted for com­ment, the woman said the chap­ter about her and Mkhonza had con­cluded 10 months ago.

“He must just do the right thing for our child,” she said.

PHOTO: GALLO IM­AGES

Siphiwe Mkhonza

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