Moeletsi Mbeki in legal tussle with ex

2013-03-08 10:14
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Johannesburg - Political economist Moeletsi Mbeki has filed papers in the South Gauteng High Court in an attempt to evict his former lover and her children from a Dainfern property, it was reported on Friday.

Shehnilla Mohammed, who has been in an "intimate relationship" with Mbeki since 2005, was fighting his efforts to evict her from the R3m house they jointly own, the Mail & Guardian reported.

In court papers she said Mbeki had been trying to drive her out of the house and had launched a court action to evict her.

Mohammed reportedly said this was an attempt to bully her "into submission on his terms and to punish her for taking the decision to end the relationship".

Mohammed had been Mbeki's friend for the past 30 years.

According to the newspaper, in his motion for eviction Mbeki alleged that Mohammed and her children, aged 18 and 23, were making his occupation of the house untenable.

Mbeki asked the court to grant him an eviction order.

Mohammed said that, as a co-owner of the house, she was entitled to live there until they reached a solution about its disposal on equitable terms.

The court battle has also shed light on Mbeki's financial affairs. While his think-tank, the Forum for Public Dialogue, is pleading poverty and attempting to retrench its three staff members, it emerged that Mbeki is a man of "vast wealth" due to his British Aerospace shares, and paid for a $2.5m mansion in Mauritius in cash.

He was an early beneficiary of the black economic empowerment policy he now criticises, the newspaper reported.

Mbeki reportedly refused to comment on the matter when contacted by the Mail & Guardian.

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