Fed-up wife takes hoarding hubby to court

2010-12-20 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — It is not every day that a woman takes her husband to court over an untidy house, but a Port Elizabeth woman has done just that after she was forced to move out of her home because of the junk she says her husband brings home.

Die Burger went to the couple’s house in the upmarket Millpark suburb to see what a house so full of junk you can barely walk down the passage looks like.

It was easy to identify the house. Parked outside was the white VW Kombi that the husband apparently uses to haul junk home.

However, he didn’t answer telephone calls and was nowhere to be seen at the house.

Neighbours didn’t want to talk.

The Herald had reported earlier that the man ignored a 2009 court interdict ordering him to clean up the house. The case will come before court again in February.

“Karen Wade said her husband Kevin can’t contain his hoarding,” the Herald reported.

Karen Wade moved out of the house in 2008 and threatened her husband with divorce if he didn’t clean up.

After the court order was issued, eight bakkie loads of scrap metal, three loads of rubbish and a truckload of goods that were taken to an auctioneer were removed from the house.

A clean-up crew also removed 60 black rubbish bags, 12 other loads of goods, 20 surfboards and a further 52 bakkieloads of other stuff from the house.

Wade said that after he was retrenched in 1997, he started a business removing garden refuse, the Herald reported. However, he soon started to save things he saw as useful.

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