Baby dumper de­mands $4 000 main­te­nance

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/analysis/national News - Cyn­thia Dube Court Re­porter

A BU­L­AWAYO woman, who al­legedly dumped her eight months old baby at her hus­band’s house be­fore flee­ing to South Africa after be­ing granted main­te­nance in 2011, has re­turned de­mand­ing about $4 000 in main­te­nance ar­rears.

Ms Nqo­bile Ncube, from Old Pu­mula sub­urb told a court she ex­pected her es­tranged hus­band to have de­posited $70 monthly into her ac­count dur­ing her five year ab­sence.

She said she was dis­ap­pointed after she found that there was no money in her ac­count.

Ms Ncube dragged Kel­son Zulu, a Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil em­ployee, to court de­mand­ing main­te­nance ar­rears that she said had ac­cu­mu­lated to $4 130.

“Your wor­ship l first brought my hus­band to Main­te­nance Court on Novem­ber 28, 2011 be­cause he wasn`t sup­port­ing his daugh­ter. The court or­dered him to pay $70 but he didn’t pay. I was forced to leave the coun­try and search for a job in South Africa,” said Ms Ncube, in a Zulu ac­cent.

She said Zulu, a mes­sen­ger at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was sup­posed to de­posit the main­te­nance money into her bank ac­count.

Zulu hit back at her say­ing she was an ir­re­spon­si­ble mother who does not care about their child.

He said after be­ing dragged to court in 2011, he went out of his way to en­sure that his fam­ily was well taken care of.

“The court or­dered me to give her $70 in hand ev­ery month. But be­cause of the love l had for her, l gave her my bank card so that she could with­draw the money she needed. How­ever, she dumped me with our eight months old baby for South Africa. I have been look­ing after the child by my­self,” he said

Pre­sid­ing mag­is­trate Mr Man­asa Musi­iwa or­dered Zulu to pay main­te­nance of $150 per month ef­fec­tive this month end.

He ig­nored the five year pe­riod that Ms Ncube was con­test­ing.

“The gar­nishee is di­rected to deduct $150 per month to ap­pli­cant`s bank ac­count with ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 30, 2016,” he said.— @ cyn­thi­amthembo1.

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