Man gets maintenance demands from THREE women
A MARRIED man from Woodville suburb in Bulawayo has been taken to court by three women seeking maintenance for the upkeep of his children.
Langton Beta, a Canteen Assistant at a city transport company, appeared before Bulawayo Maintenance court magistrate Mr Manasa Musiiwa where his three ex-wives Ms Afroleta Tshuma, Ms Miriam Dube and Ms Millicent Hungwe claimed he was an irresponsible father who neglected his children ever since they were born.
Beta has two children aged 14 and 12 with Ms Tshuma, one each with Ms Dube and Ms Hungwe aged six and five years old.
Ms Dube and Ms Hungwe are neighbours in Nkulumane suburb and went to court yesterday while Ms Tshuma’s maintenance order was granted in June this year. Beta earns $250 per month and has been ordered to pay $140 for his four children.
Ms Hungwe told the court that she has been struggling to maintain her five-year-old boy who was abandoned by the respondent.
“I heard my neighbour, Ms Dube saying she dragged Beta to maintenance court for their daughter and that encouraged me to apply for maintenance because Beta is not taking care of our child. I’m selfemployed and raise $60 per month but the money is not enough for the upkeep of our child,” she said.
Ms Hungwe said she wanted $60 per month to cover food, school fees and clothes.
Beta told the court that he cannot afford to pay the money as he has three other children to take care of.
“I have other responsibilities including $90 for rentals every month. I have to buy food for $30 every month and transport fare to go to work,’ he said.
Mr Musiiwa ordered him to pay $30 per month for the upkeep of his child.
The magistrate advised Beta to apply for a variation order after he complained that the money was not shared equally as Ms Dube was given $50 for one child.
In June, Ms Tshuma applied for $180 for the upkeep of their two children. She said she wanted the money to buy clothes, food and to pay school fees for their children.
The magistrate ordered him to pay $60 for the upkeep of his children until they reach the age of 18 or become self-supportive.
Ms Dube claimed $200 for the upkeep of the child, but Beta offered $20. Mr Musiiwa ordered him to deposit $50 every month into the applicant’s bank account. — @cynthiamthembo 1.