Mbuli divorce drama heats up

2013-06-23 10:00

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It’s all-out war in the posh home socialite Uyanda Mbuli still shares with her estranged businessman husband.

The pair’s relationship woes have played out in the media over the past five years.

While Sisa Mbuli accuses her of bringing a boyfriend over, drinking his wine and racking up a R70?000 shoe bill, her lawyer has accused him of “abusive behaviour” and “attempting to control our client and her movements”.

Uyanda says the “boyfriend” is, in fact, her friend’s partner and he was only there to collect her for a lunch date at their house because her car was broken.

Two months ago, Sisa applied for a protection order at the Midrand Magistrates’ Court.

He asked the court to stop Uyanda from bringing Mokhetho Mulaudzi, the man he claimed was her boyfriend, to their Kyalami home.

This was after Uyanda successfully obtained a protection order against him – from the same court – forcing him to stop harassing or “verbally assaulting” her.

Sisa also wanted the court to in effect stop Uyanda coming home at all, asking for her to be barred from using her keys or her access card to the estate.

He also asked for her to be prevented from using his work email address, and for her to stop involving their teenage son in their court battle.

But his application was thrown out.

The magistrate found that his case belonged in the high court.

In an affidavit, Sisa Mbuli said he returned from a business trip to find Mulaudzi reversing his BMW out of his driveway.

“I fear for my life and don’t feel safe around (Uyanda) as it is evident, from her bouts of creativity, she is capable of even more, including hurting and injuring herself.

Having regard that she has unfettered access to my residence, (she) is in a position to cause me untold physical harm, including enlisting the help of another person?.?.?.?to commit acts of domestic violence,” he said.

He also said he had laid a charge of crimen injuria against her for “impairing” his dignity by shouting and calling him “you stupid, bloody fool” at home in March.

He also complained that he returned home one day to find two bottles of wine and juice missing from his grocery cupboard, which his helper said Uyanda took.

But her lawyer, Bongani Khoza, claims Sisa is trying to fight Uyanda’s alimony demands. According to media reports, Uyanda is demanding R119?000 a month in maintenance.

“Mr Mbuli wastes a lot of time attending court, unnecessarily so. Just last week, he brought an application against our client... asking the court to vary the maintenance order that the court granted against him.

“That court dismissed his application, just like all the other applications that he has brought against our client. Mr Mbuli has not paid maintenance to our client since August 2012. He is in contempt of the order of the high court.”

Sisa says Uyanda is capable of supporting herself because she owns two cars, including a Saab convertible and Porsche Cayman.

She’s also been shoe shopping, he claims, forking out R10?500 for a pair of Black Satin shoes, R5?850 on a pair of Christian Louboutins, and R50?000 on Giuseppe Zanotti shoes by Kanye West.

He also says she manages to afford expensive hair from Osheo hair retailers.

But Khoza dismissed these claims, saying his client was not self-sufficient and had to find a job.

“Mbuli attempted to use the court in order to carry on with his abusive behaviour against our client,” he said.

Khoza said Uyanda took the wine and juice to a friend’s house when invited for dinner.

“If (that)?.?.?.?is ‘stripping the matrimonial house of its assets’ then our client is guilty as charged.”

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