Wo­man claims court de­lay­ing child pay­ments

The Rep - - NEWS - BHONGO JA­COB

A MOTHER of two from Ez­i­be­leni has ac­cused the Ez­i­be­leni Mag­is­trate’s Court of fail­ing to pay out her chil­dren’s main­te­nance money on time.

Bukiwe Ngumla said the prob­lem had been drag­ging on for years.

“This has been go­ing on for some time. When I started re­ceiv­ing main­te­nance in 1997, all was well. We never had any has­sles. Our chal­lenges started when it was de­cided to de­posit the monies into our bank ac­counts in 1998.”

She has laid sev­eral com­plaints with court of­fi­cials, but re­mains un­happy with their re­sponses.

“I even wrote to the Public Pro­tec­tor. They al­ways say they have prob­lems with their com­put­ers or that their fax and emails are not work­ing.''

The money is sup­posed to be paid out on the first of each month.

“Some­times it is four weeks late. For ex­am­ple, the money I was sup­posed to get at the be­gin­ning of March has only been paid out on April 25.”

Her daugh­ter On­waba even be­lieves that some­one may be keep­ing back the money and only pay­ing it out when they them­selves are paid their salaries.

“We do not un­der­stand why it has been go­ing on like this. They al­ways pay out the main­te­nance money on the same day when they get paid their salaries.''

She said of­fi­cials at court were rude to peo­ple in­quir­ing about the mat­ter.

“I went to ask them about this and the peo­ple who work there just chewed gum and did not show any pro­fes­sion­al­ism. They should be taught how to han­dles peo­ple’s prob­lems.''

The sit­u­a­tion also im­pacted on some peo­ple who came from as far as Cofimv­aba to query the de­layed pay­ments and yet had to leave empty-handed, she said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tive head at the court, Ni­coleen van Niekerk, de­clined to com­ment. A wo­man who did not want to be named at the Komani Mag­is­trate’s Court, re­ferred all ques­tions to jus­tice depart­ment spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga. Mhaga had not re­sponded to queries at the time of go­ing to press.

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