BULAWAYO, Saturday, November 2, 1991 — A Bulawayo magistrate will make a ruling some time next week on whether a man suing his son for maintenance is his natural father.
Postponing the ruling to allow herself time to consult authorities on the matter, Bulawayo magistrate, Mrs Sheilla Mugugu, said it would only be after she had made the ruling that the issue of maintenance would be debated, depending on the outcome of her judgment.
Cde Norman Sibanyoni (70) made an application seeking monthly maintenance of $205 from his son Jerald to cover his rental and food expenses. In his affidavit, Cde Sibanyoni said he was married to Jerald’s mother until the marriage was dissolved in the Bulawayo community court on May 16 last year.
“Presently I am not employed. I sew and sell items to make a living but the money I raise is not enough. It is on these grounds that I seek maintenance from my son,’’ said the affidavit.
In response to the affidavit, Jerald’s counsel, Mr Maphios Cheda, told the court that Cde Sibanyoni was Jerald’s stepfather and not his natural father.
“In view of the circumstances, my client has no legal obligation to maintain Cde Sibanyoni,’’ said Mr Cheda.
“My client tells me that Jerald was born when the couple were staying together as husband and wife. Further he states that his wife never told him that Jerald was not his son and hence Jerald has a legal obligation to maintain him,’’ said Cde Sibanyoni’s defence counsel, Mr J ob Sibanda.