Court battle over millions
Knives out as divorce battle turns nasty
[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.