Court bat­tle over mil­lions

Knives out as di­vorce bat­tle turns nasty

Pretoria News Weekend - - METRO - ZELDA VENTER

[email protected] WHEN a mil­lion­aire mar­ried a busi­ness­woman, he thought by trans­fer­ring his as­sets into her name he would be able to ben­e­fit. But, in­stead, she has dumped him and al­legedly spends their money on lux­u­ries such as cars.

The man, 47, from Cen­tu­rion says he was left broke, and lives in a small flat owned by a rel­a­tive. He said she re­fused to give him any money, even though the money they owned was mainly his.

And to add to that, he claims his wife is try­ing to find a hit­man to kill him.

At the end of his tether, the man turned to the Gauteng High Court, Pre­to­ria, in an ur­gent bid to in­ter­dict his wife from sell­ing any of their joint as­sets. He also asked that the banks ur­gently be or­dered to freeze all their ac­counts pend­ing their di­vorce pro­ceed­ings set down for later this year.

The par­ties can­not be named as a di­vorce is pend­ing.

The man said he be­came con­cerned when he saw his wife flaunt­ing on so­cial me­dia that she had bought sev­eral lux­ury cars. As the bank ac­counts were in her name, there was noth­ing he could do.

When the cou­ple met in 2012, the man had sev­eral big govern­ment ten­ders and he was mak­ing mil­lions while the woman also owned busi­nesses.

“The fact that we were both en­trepreneurs and in­ter­ested in more ten­ders, made us com­pat­i­ble… We joined forces in our busi­nesses and I of­fi­cially be­came her hus­band.”

They lived in be­tween emalahleni and Dur­ban at the time, mov­ing be­tween two homes.

He said they de­cided, al­though they were joint busi­ness part­ners, it made sense to trans­fer ev­ery­thing into her name be­cause, as a black woman, they be­lieved she would get more ten­ders.

He said he was not wor­ried about do­ing this as they “loved each other”.

In 2017 they en­tered into an ante-nup­tial con­tract which changed their mat­ri­mo­nial prop­erty into a mar­riage out of com­mu­nity of prop­erty. This, the court pa­pers ex­plains, was to pro­tect them­selves should one be­come in­sol­vent. All went well and they en­joyed the fruits of their for­tunes, un­til he dis­cov­ered in 2017 that she was cheat­ing on him.

At the be­gin­ning of last year he was at their home in Dur­ban where she was pack­ing for yet an­other busi­ness trip. He chal­lenged her as to why she needed so many clothes.

He said she never went back to Dur­ban, go­ing to emalahleni in­stead, where she said she wanted a di­vorce.

The man said as she con­trolled the purse strings, he did not re­ceive any­thing.

Deputy Judge Pres­i­dent Aubrey Led­waba struck the case from the court roll as he found it not to be ur­gent.

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