In­sur­ance pays Senyaka’s baby mama

In­sur­ance firm fi­nally set­tle claim on life pol­icy

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­[email protected]­day­

De­ceased pop­u­lar mu­si­cian Thula “Senyaka” Kekana’s life cover mil­lions have been paid into his baby mama’s ac­count af­ter a three-year long bat­tle with Lib­erty Life.

The pay­ment comes af­ter Abi­gail Mat­shidiso Modise, Senyaka’s baby mama, filed pa­pers at the South Gaut­eng High Court last month ask­ing it to is­sue her with a court or­der declar­ing her the le­gal guardian of her 16-year old son.

In her pa­pers, Modise de­tailed her frus­tra­tions with Lib­erty Life, stat­ing it was tak­ing her from pillar to post over the pay­ment de­spite her pro­vid­ing all the nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tion rel­e­vant to the claim.

How­ever, in its re­sponse to Sun­day World, Lib­erty Life spokesper­son Ne­rina Bo­das­ing said “...the dis­pute in­volv­ing the es­tate of the late mu­si­cian has been re­solved and funds have been paid to the elected ben­e­fi­ciary.

“Lib­erty ful­filled their con­trac­tual obli­ga­tion to the ben­e­fi­ciary of the es­tate in 2015. The dis­pute with Abi­gail Mat­shi­disi Modise in Au­gust 2018 re­lated to spe­cific terms deal­ing with the nom­i­nated ben­e­fi­ciary, which has since been re­solved.”

Modise’s af­fi­davit tells a dif­fer­ent story, how­ever, and paints the in­sur­ance com­pany as hav­ing re­sisted mak­ing the pay­ment to her de­spite her son be­ing the le­git­i­mate ben­e­fi­ciary of the pol­icy. “The mi­nor child’s fa­ther died on the 25th day of March 2015... His death, and that he was the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther and [had] in­cluded the mi­nor child on his pol­icy is not dis­puted by Lib­erty.

“I was ad­vised by Lib­erty that de­spite the fact that I am the bi­o­log­i­cal mother of the mi­nor child, and fur­ther de­spite the fact that I have pro­vided an unabridged cer­tifi­cate, they need a court or­der wherein I am de­clared the guardian of the mi­nor child. I did not un­der­stand this but in com­pli­ance I herein in­structed my at­tor­neys to draw this ap­pli­ca­tion,” reads

Modise’s af­fi­davit.

Ac­cord­ing to cor­re­spon­dence by Mkhonto Smother At­tor­neys dated Septem­ber 24 2018, the lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Modise ar­gued that their client was Senyaka’s son’s le­gal guardian be­cause she was his bi­o­log­i­cal mother.

Modise fur­ther said in her pa­pers that she was puz­zled by Lib­erty’s re­quest for a dec­la­ra­tion to ap­point her a le­gal guardian of her son, stat­ing that she was his bi­o­log­i­cal mother and re­sid­ing with him at their house in Soweto.

“I fur­ther con­firm that I am the one tak­ing care of the mi­nor child’s daily and school needs since 2015 when his fa­ther passed away,” she said.

Saseki Mkhonto con­firmed they rep­re­sented Modise and that the claim has since been re­solved. “We have no fur­ther com­ment be­cause the mat­ter is con­fi­den­tial,” she said.

/ Mo­hau M o fo ke n g

Senyaka per­form­ing dur­ing the Peter Mok­aba trib­ute con­cert in Lim­popo.

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