Spouses fight over R10?million

2009-06-03 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG policeman who won more than R10 million playing the lotto in April won’t be able to touch any more of his windfall pending the finalisation of a divorce action his wife says she intends to bring against him.

Reena Maslamoney was last week granted an urgent interim order against her husband, Dayalin Maslamoney, and Absa Bank, with whom the money is currently invested.

Judge Isaac Madondo temporarily interdicted Maslamoney from dealing in any way with the R10 million.

The bank was ordered not to pay out any portion of the money to anyone, including Maslamoney himself.

Dayalin Maslamoney has until June 18 to respond.

Reena Maslamoney alleged in court papers that in less than a month, her husband managed to “squander” almost R500 000 and she fears he will spend more if the court does not intervene.

As far as she knew, he paid R100 000 for a vehicle, put down an R80 000 deposit on a property in Pietermaritzburg and paid her debts to the tune of around R36 000. The rest he spent on having parties and liquor and drugs for his friends, she said.

She said she bought her husband the winning R50 “quickpick” ticket at the BP garage in Raisethorpe on April 18. The next day he told her he’d won, but did not disclose the amount. She accompanied him to the lotto offices in Durban on Monday, April 20, where it was confirmed that he had shared the jackpot with another person and that his share was R10 498 000. Officials helped him to open a bank account and the full amount was deposited in to it.

Maslamoney, who alleges she experienced marital problems for “many years”, said she is married to her husband in community of property and is therefore entitled to 50% of the winnings in the event that they divorce. She said she told her husband on May 25 that she intended to divorce him and that she was entitled to 50% of the lotto money.

His response was that she was only entitled to the money when the divorce was finalised and that this “could be after a protracted time”.

“He informed me that by the time the marriage is dissolved, there would be nothing left of the money because he has the right to decide how the money should be spent.

“He also informed me that he will make sure that I will never get a cent of the money,” she said.

 

Maslamoney said she previously obtained two protection orders against her husband in the magistrate’s court for alleged assaults, and said when they argued last month in relation to the lotto, he allegedly pointed a firearm at her.

 

She said her husband had asked her to return a bank card for the account in which R498 000 of the lotto money was deposited. “I told him I will not do so by virtue of the fact that he is squandering the money of which I am entitled to 50%,” she said.

 

She said by then there was only R40 000 left in the account.

 

Maslamoney said after the argument, her husband cancelled the card and she could not access the account.

 

The rest of the R10 million was invested in a separate account.

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