Hawk’s marriage problems land him on the ropes

2014-01-19 14:00

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Retired boxing legend Masibulele “Hawk” Makepula’s wife claims her husband threatened to kill her and then commit suicide if she filed for divorce.

Makepula’s marriage to Sinothemba is on the canvas but she says she’s hoping their church can intervene to resolve their differences.

And Makepula (40), who retired from boxing in 2008, is embroiled in a second battle: he’s fighting with another relative over custody of a child.

A family friend and a relative told City Press Sinothemba had been unhappy in her marriage for some time and complained to church members that her husband shouted at her.

The family friend said that Sinothemba, who works as a financial officer for a media company in Johannesburg, told congregants things got tough when Makepula, who is a pastor with God’s Will International Ministries in Johannesburg, started struggling financially.

“When she asked him to look for a job because they were struggling financially he would yell at her. He has been impatient with her since then and he shouts at her for no apparent reason,” said the friend.

The friend said things worsened when Sinothemba lost her BMW 1 series after failing to make monthly payments.

“She was buying groceries, paying the bond and school fees for her two children (and Makepula’s) niece. It became extremely difficult to continue repaying the car so she took it back to the dealership.”

The friend said Sinothemba was contemplating divorce but church members had talked her out of it.

This week, the friend alleged, Makepula threatened to kill Sinothemba – and then himself – if she divorced him.

Sinothemba confirmed this to City Press.

The couple’s relative confirmed that Sinothemba had turned to her church for support.

“Church elders spoke to them and she kept on believing that things would be okay one day but she was just being delusional,” said the relative.

Regarding the custody battle – which doesn’t involve his own children – the relative said Makepula had taken the child in question to her grandmother’s home in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, for the holidays.

“He left the child with the old woman and went to stay with his wife’s parents. But the old woman disappeared with the child and switched off her cellphone. We were surprised when Hawk received phone calls from the police when he returned to Jozi who told him to stop intimidating the old woman,” said the relative.

Makepula refused to comment on the matter.

“I would rather talk about my television station instead. I’m the first black boxer to own a television station so why don’t you write about that, instead of my private life?”

Sinothemba confirmed the couple’s marital woes.

“Yes, I have challenges in my marriage and hope that our church will help us find a solution to them. But I cannot discuss the details in the media because this is a private matter,” she said.

Of the custody dispute, she said: “I thought it was not a serious matter but I was suprised when police phoned my husband.

“But I don’t know what is happening and I don’t want to be involved.”

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