Woman re­jects $30 main­te­nance

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A KOMBI driver walked free out of court as his ex-wife re­fused to take $30 for main­te­nance say­ing she would look af­ter her child alone as the money that was be­ing of­fered was too lit­tle.

Mr Ad­mire Nx­u­malo of Nku­lumane sub­urb had of­fered $30 in­stead of $70 which had been claimed by his ex-wife, Ms Pa­tience Dube.

When the pre­sid­ing mag­is­trate or­dered Mr Nx­u­malo to pay $30, Ms Dube said she will ap­ply for her ex-hus­band to be dis­charged as she would rather take care of her child with­out any sup­port as $30 did not make any dif­fer­ence.

Mr Nx­u­malo said he could not af­ford to pay $70 as he was a kombi driver, earn­ing $80 per month.

“I’m em­ployed as a kombi driver, trans­port­ing school kids from Pu­mula to St Pa­trick’s school and I am also mar­ried with two kids, one is do­ing Grade One. I’m pay­ing for his school fees. The money that I can af­ford is $30 be­cause I earn $80,” said Mr Nx­u­malo.

Bu­l­awayo Main­te­nance Court mag­is­trate Mrs Sithem­biso Ncube agreed that he pays $30 a month.

She then asked Ms Dube if she was com­fort­able with the pro­posed amount.

The vis­i­bly frus­trated Ms Dube re­fused the of­fer say­ing the money was not enough for food, clothes and to pay rent for the child.

“Thirty dol­lars is noth­ing! Take the money to a chil­dren’s home,” charged Ms Dube in anger.

“I would rather sup­port my child on my own if you don’t want to give me enough money.”

The mag­is­trate in­ter­vened and said her job was not to tell Mr Nx­u­malo to do­nate money to chil­dren’s homes but to make peo­ple like him take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their chil­dren. Mrs Ncube then or­dered Ms Dube to ap­ply for a dis­charged main­te­nance or­der so that she makes it of­fi­cial that she is no longer in­ter­ested in Mr Nx­u­malo’s main­te­nance fee.

Ms Dube how­ever re­sponded say­ing she will ap­ply some other time as she had to rush to some of her busi­nesses that give her more money. — @ cyn­thi­amthembo1

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