Ac­tor de­faults on fees

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Sunday World - - News - NG­WAKO MALATJI

FOR­MER ac­tor Seputla Se­bo­godi has been or­dered by one of his ex-wives to sur­ren­der the cus­tody of their child or face the full wrath of the law.

This comes af­ter the boy was kicked out of board­ing school last week be­cause the ac­tor al­legedly de­faulted on his school fees.

In an exclusive in­ter­view with Sun­day World, the mother, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the child, con­firmed that she had en­gaged her lawyers about re­claim­ing cus­tody of their son af­ter he was kicked out of the school.

I have asked for le­gal ad­vice from my lawyers about the mat­ter be­fore tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion,” she said.

But Se­bo­godi said his ex s claims that the child was kicked out of school be­cause he was in ar­rears were un­true.

I don t know what you are talk­ing about. Phone the school and check if the child is not at school,” he said.

The school s ad­min­is­tra­tor con­firmed that the child was kicked out be­cause of non-pay­ment.

The child s fees were be­hind by two months and we kept him out of school un­til the money was paid. It would have been un­fair to other par­ents who are pay­ing to keep him at school even if he was be­hind with his pay­ment. But the money was paid on Wed­nes­day, he said.

The mother said that al­though she had other chal­lenges with Se­bo­godi, who played Kenneth Mashaba in the soapie, about the well­be­ing of their son, his dis­missal from school lit the blue touch­pa­per.

I was shocked when he phoned me and said that he had been kicked out be­cause he was be­hind with his school fees. I then went there and paid,” she said.”

Se­bo­godi had promised to pay the ar­rears af­ter she con­fronted him, she added.

She said she sur­ren­dered the child s cus­tody and can­celled the main­te­nance or­der she ob­tained against Se­bo­godi about three years ago af­ter the ac­tor promised to take care of the boy.

She said Se­bo­godi, who works and lives in Joburg, then farmed the child out to his rel­a­tives in Lim­popo.

Now my child phones me and said he was stranded be­cause they kicked him out of school. I can t be happy with that,” she said.

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