WILL UK-BASED FORMER PM’S EX-WIFE JOY ATTEND FUNERAL?
All eyes will be on the late former Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini’s ex-wife Pastor Joy Maziya, whether she will attend her former husband’s funeral next Saturday.
That is because to be able to make it to the funeral she would have to fly a number of miles to come to the country and join the Dlamini family, friends and relatives and the entire Eswatini nation in laying him to his final resting place.
The former PM will be laid to rest at his parental home in Ndzingeni and will be given a state funeral following the important role he played in the country’s politics and the development of the Kingdom. He passed on peacefully at Mkhiwa Clinic last Friday after he succumbed to a long battle with prostate cancer.
The Observer on Saturday can reveal that the PM’s ex-wife is now based in the United Kingdom (UK) having resettled to that country last year. This was after a bitter divorce between the two, who had been married for exactly two years, seven months and 16 days.
Pastor Joy’s new homestead that consists of a big house that was already roofed at Ezulwini remains unfinished and shows that it has been abandoned for over a year now with overgrown vegetation now showing.
Residents of Ezulwini confirmed to the publication that the Pastor had relocated to the UK.
The former PM and his then wife officially got divorced in November 2016. The divorce came exactly after two years, seven months and 16 days the two former lovebirds had tied the knot in a glamorous wedding held at the Mavuso Trade Centre.
The final divorce decree was issued by the Chief Justice Bheki Maphalala in November 2016 at the High Court where the Prime Minister was represented by Advocate Magriet Van Der Walt, instructed by his lawyer Musa Dlamini from ML Dlamini Attorneys.
The main ground for divorce was that Maziya had maliciously deserted her husband and that she was violent.
The divorce proceedings were filed at the High Court on April 1, 2016 and the court file was securely kept in the chief justice’s office and the case kept under wraps.
The prime minister, in his divorce papers, had also applied for an order directing Maziya to restore conjugal rights failing, which a final divorce decree is granted. He had also applied for an order directing that his wife should forfeit all marital benefits accrued during the subsistence of the marriage.
The parties had been exchanging correspondences via their legal representatives with Maziya changing lawyers from Rodrigues Attorneys to Justice Mavuso and Company. They had also been negotiating a settlement.
It was not established whether the chief justice issued an order directing that the wife forfeits all her marital benefits accrued in the two years of their marriage. The two had signed an out of community of property marriage contract.
Prior to the prime minister instituting divorce proceedings, they had been staying separately with Maziya residing at her parental home in Nkamanzi having returned with most of her luggage. A statement from the prime minister’s office, then, confirmed that the divorce order was granted in the head of government’s favour.
“On the 1st November 2016, the honourable Chief Justice MCB Maphalala granted a final decree of divorce in the matter between his Excellency the Right Honourable Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini and Mrs Joy Nonjabulo Gladness Dlamini (nee Maziya).”
When sought for comment, Maziya’s lawyer Justice Mavuso also confirmed that the divorce was issued.
He said Maziya was no longer opposing the divorce. The couple had tied the knot in a glamorous wedding ceremony attended by about 1 500 people at the main auditorium of the Mavuso International Exhibition Centre.
The prime minister welcomed his then bride in style as he walked down the aisle with Elvis Presley’s song titled ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’. She came into the arena in Mthunzi Namba’s song, ‘The love of my life’.
HOME-COMING?: Pastor Joy Maziya.