Evan­gel­i­cal Church dis­own di­vorc­ing cou­ple

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sandile Nkam­bule

The ap­pli­cant in the di­vorce pro­ceed­ings at the High Court is not from the Evan­gel­i­cal Church in Mat­sapha, it has since been gath­ered.

De­spite that court pa­pers in­di­cate that Nothando Bhembe, who is the ap­pli­cant in the di­vorce pro­ceed­ings and his hus­band Gcina Lucky Ny­atabo got mar­ried at the Evan­gel­i­cal Church in Mat­sapha, the church has since come out to state that the two are not part of it.

“On or about Au­gust 29, 2015 and at Mat­sapha Evan­gel­i­cal Church in the Dis­trict of Manzini the re­spon­dent and I, pur­ported to en­ter into a Civil Rights mar­riage in terms of com­mu­nity of prop­erty,” reads part of Bhembe’s found­ing af­fi­davit.

How­ever, the church Sec­re­tary Alec Mzileni told the news­pa­per that the two might have booked the au­di­to­rium for their wed­ding cer­e­mony since they lease the struc­ture for such events. Mzileni said although they ac­knowl­edge the fact that the church could have been as­so­ci­ated with the wed­ding, they how­ever felt it nec­es­sary to set the record straight that they lease their struc­ture to mem­bers of the pub­lic for such events and that the two are part of those who used it for their wed­ding cer­e­mony, but does not mean that they were mem­bers of the church.

Bhembe wants out of the mar­riage with his hus­band Ny­atabo whom she dis­cov­ered to have three se­cret wives he mar­ried through Swazi Law and Cus­tom.

The mat­ter is be­fore the High Court and it is yet to be ar­gued by both par­ties.

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