Love child causes big drama

2013-06-02 14:01

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Congolese hotel and mining magnate Kalonji Kayembe says his life is falling apart.

The 49-year-old man had an affair with the daughter of his neighbour’s domestic worker and his wife had him thrown out of their plush Sandton home.

Now he’s partly blaming his daughter – top model Joelle Kayembe – for the breakdown of his marriage.

Kalonji told City Press this week that his wife, Pam, had obtained a protection order against him with Joelle’s support.

“You know, women are stupid, my man,” he said from his new home in Lusaka, Zambia, referring to Joelle.

“She supported her mother to throw me out of the house. I was told to stay 100m away from the house.”

Joelle herself has kept silent about her family drama, not responding to numerous calls and requests for comment. Her mother also did not respond to questions.

Her father declined to elaborate on why his marriage is in trouble.

“All I can say is that I was naughty. I can’t tell you why I was thrown out of the house because that is our secret,” he said, adding that he left South Africa and would not return because of the county’s “oppressive laws”.

“I have lost everything there. I didn’t have a place to stay so I decided to leave the country. The laws of that country protect women too much and don’t care about men. How can the court throw me out my own house?”

Kalonji claims to have fallen on hard financial times.

But a company search revealed that his South African business interests include record label LE Ntemba Music Productions, which he owns; and Kaynetic Investments, of which he is a director.

He is also believed to own several mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as in Zambia, where he also is believed to own hotels.

The drama started when he had an affair with the daughter of his neighbour’s domestic worker.

The two have a son, now aged five.

The boy’s mother, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, told City Press she caught Kalonji’s attention when she was staying with her mother in the same posh residential complex in Benmore.

“My mother was a domestic worker and Kalonji was our neighbour. I knew his wife and kids well,” she said.

One day when she was walking to the shops, Kayembe gave her a lift in his BMW X5 and asked her to sleep with him.

“He gave me money and we started dating,” she said.

She became pregnant after a few trysts at the Formula 1 hotel in Bramley, less than 5km from his house.

“When I found out that I was pregnant, he was not in the country. He had gone to take care of his businesses in Congo,” she said.

The woman, a student at the time, had to drop out of university because her mother did not want her boss to find out about her affair.

“My mother told me to move out of the house because she was scared her bosses would be upset because they were paying my school fees,” she said.

“After giving birth, he came to see me and gave me R1?000 to buy food and clothes for the baby. He started depositing R1?000 into my account every month.”

But then, she claims, Kalonji left her and stopped paying maintenance, so she took him to the Randburg Magistrates’ Court.

“I wanted him to pay at least R2?900 a month but the officials told me that it was too much. They ordered him to pay R1?500, which he did for a few months. But now he only deposits money when he wishes,” she claimed.

Kalonji confirmed he was the father of the child and said: “I will increase the money once I solve all these problems. But she must let me see the child at least once a year. At the moment, they don’t want me to see the child and that is not right.”

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