Law suit between pastor’s ex-wife and lover settled out of court

2014-05-15 00:00

THE law suit between the ex-wife of a well-known preacher, Pastor Moganathan “Prega” Gounden, and the woman with whom he allegedly had a long-standing illicit love affair was settled out of court yesterday.

Witnesses, including two local pastors, were at the Pietermaritzburg high court ready to testify in the civil trial in which Olive Gounden was suing Cynthia Rajagopaul for R300 000 in damages for allegedly causing the break-up of her 31-year marriage to her ex-husband, a founder of the Vision Apostolic Christian Church in Northdale.

However, after several hours of talks between the legal teams representing both women it emerged that a settlement had been reached.

Shamla Pather, representing Gounden, and Sanet Botha for Rajagopaul, said both women were “very happy” with the agreement, but the terms were strictly confidential.

“I can confirm that my client is extremely satisfied with the outcome,” said Pather.

Despite having “made up” their differences, Gounden and Rajagopaul kept their distance from one another.

Each huddled separately with their group of supporters in the court foyer throughout the day as the talks went on, and after the settlement was reached.

The Witness reported on Monday that the affair between Prega Gounden and Rajagopaul was alleged to have started around 1991, and continued even after Gounden and his wife left South Africa and settled in America.

Gounden divorced her husband in May 2011 in Tennessee in the U.S.

Olive Gounden, who is retired, has also settled in America and is understood to have flown out to South Africa for the dual purpose of launching yesterday’s law suit against Rajagopaul as well as to visit family.

Rajagopaul remains “happily married” to her husband, Paul, her attorney confirmed yesterday.

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