Ex-wife saves Bantu Rovers boss from contempt of court shame
BANTU Rovers Football Club Chief Executive Officer Wilbert Sibanda yesterday appeared in court on contempt of court charges for allegedly defaulting on monthly payments for the upkeep of his two minor children.
Sibanda (36) appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya after he allegedly failed to pay $544 in maintenance fees.
The Bantu Rovers CEO was taken to court by his ex-wife, Ms Mathamsanqa Sibanda, of Khumalo suburb.
Prosecuting, Mr Ray Makhaza said the charges arose from Sibanda’s failure to abide by a maintenance order issued in May this year.
“The respondent was ordered on 20 May by this competent court to pay half of school fees and register the two children on medical aid and pay $387 monthly in respect of maintenance for the two minor children,” said Mr Makhaza.
“The accused defaulted or went against the magistrate’s order as he failed to pay fully for the months of May and June all amounting to an arrear of $544.
“He also failed to register medical aid for his two minor children as per the court ruling. The respondent acted unlawfully as delaying on maintenance prejudiced the welfare of his children.”
Magistrate Tashaya cautioned Wilbert after Ms Sibanda opted to settle the matter out of court.
She filed an affidavit withdrawing the contempt of court case.
Ms Sibanda said she had withdrawn the matter willingly and there was no undue influence exerted on her.