And so the cold war begins
AWARD-winning TV and movie star Hlomla Dandala caused a scene at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court this week when he clashed with court officials and fans who took pictures of him.
Dandala arrived at the maintenance court to challenge the suit filed by his ex-wife, Candy Litchfield.
The two officially parted ways last August, after allegations that he fathered three kids out of wedlock with former beauty queen Nkele Motsomi, air hostess Sisanda Gqirana and magazine employee Brenda Nyakudya.
Dandala granted Litchfield custody of their two children, but is accused of failing to pay for their maintenance.
Litchfield claimed that Dandala was in papgeld arrears to the tune of R56 000 after seven months of failing to cough up. A source close to the case said: There was an agreement that he should pay R4 000 for each of the two children, but he defaulted.
She decided to take him to court because he deliberately ignored her pleas to pay the money.”
The source said Dandala had asked the court to reduce the amount he was paying for each child from R4 200 to R1 200.
He is pleading poverty, so he wants to pay R2 200 for both kids, but this woman will fight him in court,” said the source.
The case was postponed to May 19 after the two failed to settle out of court.
The two, who could not take their hands off each after walking down the aisle in a fairytale wedding in 2001, treated each other like sewer rats on Thursday. They sat a few metres away from each other and exchanged dirty looks in court while their lawyers were trying to settle the matter.
The magistrate postponed the hearing after the two parties failed to agree on settlement terms.
When Litchfield left the court, Dandala remained behind, chatting to his lawyers.
He confronted officials and members of the public who were sitting on the benches in the corridors. He accused the onlookers of taking pictures.
When they asked him what he was talking about, he said he saw some flashlights and was sure that they were taking pictures of him,” a court official said.
He even stormed into our photocopy room and yelled at my colleagues for taking pictures of him.
He only calmed down when one of my colleagues talked sense into him.”
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