MacP’s wife speaks out

2014-01-26 14:00

Maite talks about the love child and her pain

The divorce between Limpopo tender tycoon Makapane “MacP” Modipa and his wife, Maite, has taken a nasty turn.

In an exclusive interview with City Press in Polokwane last Sunday, Maite – accompanied by her lawyer – alleged that her soon to be ex-husband sired a love child with a former mistress and gave the child to his new girlfriend to raise.

A tearful Maite claimed that the new girlfriend, known only as Nandi, attacked her when she went to Nandi’s workplace at the Fairview River Lodge in Tzaneen to confront her.

“I heard that she was having an affair with my husband and that she was living with his love child. So I decided to go and ask her to give me custody of the child and ask her to stay away from my husband. But she just told me that I was taking her for granted and grabbed me by my hair and assaulted me.”

Earlier this month, City Press revealed that Modipa and Maite’s relationship was on the rocks.

Modipa says on his company website that he has made about R100?million from government tenders in Limpopo.

Maite said that after she was allegedly assaulted by Nandi, she went to the local police station, but officers refused to help her open a case because there were no eyewitnesses.

Modipa cut City Press’ call when contacted for comment and ignored questions sent via text message. He did not respond to any of the allegations Maite had made.

She claims she’s tried everything to save their 18-year marriage.

“I told him that he is the only thing I have and asked him to give me lobola money so I can find him a second wife. But he told me that he was not interested in my proposal and said he would rather find that woman himself,” she said.

Maite insisted she did not move out of their triple-storey, 52-room villa in Tzaneen at one stage as was reported – instead, she claimed her husband threw her out after accusing her of infidelity.

The couple had been at loggerheads for some time, she said, after a fight about her going out after 5pm without his “permission”.

But the final straw came in December.

She said Modipa asked her to fetch their Rolls-Royce from Johannesburg, where he had taken it for a service.

“As I was driving back home with my son, [Modipa] phoned me and said he knew where I had been parking our cars and he has pictures [from a tracking company] to back his story.

“I asked him to produce the proof, but he failed to do so. When I arrived home, he told me to leave. I went to stay with my parents in Flora Park.”

She has since obtained a protection order against Modipa after a public altercation during which he allegedly ordered her to stop driving their luxury cars.

“But these are my cars too because I also worked hard for them?...?we are married in community of property,” she said.

“I decided to talk to you [City Press] to clear the air?...?I hate it when people portray me as a gold-digger because I’m not one.

“I fell in love with Makapane in 1993 when he was still a student at Sekgosese College of Education and he had nothing then. He accumulated all his wealth when I was with him.”

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