Con­trac­tual mis-mar­riage

Nonny has an ob­sta­cle to cross be­fore walk­ing down the aisle.

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Re­cep­tion­ist Nonny and big­wig in­vestor Pule (Phindile Gwala and Zwelethu Nkut­sho) are inch­ing closer and closer to their wedding, when the lovers will be able to call them­selves hus­band and wife of­fi­cially. But those dreams are threat­ened on Thurs­day 13 April when Pule hands his fi­ancée a pile of pa­per­work – and not the kind she does in the of­fice. It’s an an­tenup­tial con­tract that he wants her to sign be­fore their wedding plans are fi­nalised and to say that Nonny’s not im­pressed is an un­der­state­ment. “She feels hurt by it,” says Phindile. “She is gravely of­fended by this pa­per.”

BONDED BY WORDS

For those not in the know, an an­tenup­tial con­tract states whether the cou­ple are mar­ried in com­mu­nity of prop­erty or out of com­mu­nity of prop­erty. And the one that Pule’s handed Nonny is go­ing to keep their be­long­ings sep­a­rate and make things eas­ier to split should they di­vorce. That’s the last thing Nonny wants – she loves Pule and while his money will mean that she’s cared for, it’s not her rea­son for want­ing to be his bride. To Nonny, sign­ing Pule’s doc­u­ment is like pre­par­ing for a di­vorce.

READ­ING BE­TWEEN THE LINES

Af­ter think­ing about the con­tract, Nonny also as­sumes on Fri­day 17 April that Pule thinks she’s a gold­dig­ger. She’s driv­ing her­self para­noid and turns to her boss and friend Than­daza (Sindi Dlathu) the fol­low­ing day on Tues­day 18 April. Than­daza’s been through mar­riage ups and downs, as well as di­vorces and Nonny thinks that she’ll get the best ad­vice from Than­daza, start­ing with scru­ti­n­is­ing Pule’s con­tract from top to bot­tom. But Nonny’s al­ready got it in her mind that Pule is plan­ning to ditch her de­spite his claims that he’s just fol­low­ing mar­i­tal pro­ce­dure. “Than­daza tries to tell her that this is per­fectly nor­mal nowa­days and that it will also pro­tect her,” says Phindile. But to Nonny, it’s a “mar­i­tal pro­ce­dure” to make sure that Pule is pro­tect­ing him­self and his money.

QUES­TION­ABLE DIF­FER­ENCES

This isn’t the first time that the cou­ple have ar­gued about money and sta­tus. In Fe­bru­ary 2017, Nonny had is­sues with Pule about the car he bought her and the con­di­tions that he im­posed on her us­ing it, like it’s never al­lowed to be dirty. By Wed­nes­day 19 April, it seems that their en­gage­ment is hang­ing by a thread as the con­tract drives them apart. “She feels that there is no trust. This is be­cause she knows that she isn’t bring­ing much [fi­nan­cially] to their mar­riage,” says Phindile. While Pule’s adamant that there’s noth­ing unto-ward about the con­tract, Nonny’s se­cretly sus­pi­cious and thinks that he’s ly­ing to her. Is this the straw that breaks the camel’s back or will they be able to find com­mon-ground and make it to the al­tar?

Bride-to-be Nonny won’t be smil­ing when her fi­ancé Pule hands her a doc­u­ment.

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