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Sunday World - - News - NG­WAKO MALATJI

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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