Di­rec­tor to pay $1 200 main­te­nance

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A BU­L­AWAYO mag­is­trate has or­dered a Zim­plow di­rec­tor to pay $1 200 per month to­wards the up­keep of his wife and two mi­nor chil­dren.

Stan­ley Ndlovu of Hill­side sub­urb had of­fered noth­ing to­wards the up­keep of his wife Mrs Ene­sia Ndlovu who wanted $1 700 for her­self and two mi­nor chil­dren.

Ndlovu had also said he would only pay his chil­dren’s school fees af­ter he told the court that he gets $1 300 per month af­ter de­duc­tions.

The mag­is­trate, Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya, or­dered Mrs Ndlovu to ver­ify the ex­act amount her hus­band earns say­ing she may be en­ti­tled to more.

Mrs Ndlovu sub­se­quently came to court with a let­ter from her hus­band’s com­pany which showed that even though he earns $7 100, he gets $1 715 af­ter all de­duc­tions.

“Zim­plow is de­duct­ing $2 558 ev­ery month from his salary be­cause he al­legedly mis­used com­pany funds when he was sent to at­tend a work­shop in China,” said Mrs Ndlovu.

“He is also pay­ing $500 monthly for a staff loan. Old mu­tual is also de­duct­ing $234 per month. The to­tal amount for all de­duc­tions is $5 419 per month.”

Mag­is­trate Tashaya or­dered Ndlovu to pay $622 spousal main­te­nance and $578 for his two chil­dren.

The mag­is­trate said the money may be re­viewed up­wards if de­duc­tions on Ndlovu’s salary are no longer be­ing ef­fected.

“You’re fur­ther or­dered to con­tinue pay­ing school fees for your chil­dren. You also have to pay for their med­i­cal aid and pro­vide for their school re­quire­ments in­clud­ing pay­ing for their school trips,” said Mr Tashaya.

Ndlovu is al­ready pay­ing main­te­nance for two other chil­dren sired with an­other woman.

The com­pany di­rec­tor and his wife had ar­gued in court about his monthly salary.

He said he has a lot of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing pay­ing a monthly gym fee, loans, rents and school fees for his chil­dren.

“Your Wor­ship, I pay $550 per month where I am rent­ing, $1 500 for school fees for my child who is at Pe­tra School and $1 100 for my other child who is at Masiyepham­bili Pri­mary school. I also pay $70 gym fees ev­ery month,” Ndlovu said.

Ndlovu al­legedly left his mat­ri­mo­nial house leav­ing his un­em­ployed wife des­per­ate un­til she de­cided to drag him to the main­te­nance court.

The rea­sons why he left his mat­ri­mo­nial home were not re­vealed in court but his wife called him an ir­re­spon­si­ble man. —@ cyn­thi­amthembo1

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