Hlomla Dandala, wife call it quits – for good

2013-11-17 10:00

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Actor denies break-up resulted because he fathered kids outside of wedlock.

It’s official. Hunky actor Hlomla Dandala and his wife Candy Litchfield have split up?–?for good.

The couple formally parted ways in August, scotching long-simmering rumours that they were trying to resuscitate their marriage.

The couple was believed to have separated in 2007 after revelations that Dandala, the star of End Game and Jacob’s Cross, fathered three children out of wedlock with former Miss City Press Nkele Motsomi, air hostess Sisanda Gqirhana and magazine employee Brenda Nyakudya.

Media reports at the time revealed that the two were finding ways of rekindling their love after the separation.

But now they appear to have split for good and have already sold their Fourways house, cars and household furniture.

A family friend, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “Hlomla has granted Candy custody and they have arranged visitation rights.”

Dandala confirmed that their marriage had broken down, but denied it was because he had fathered children outside of their marriage.

“Yes it’s true [that we are no longer together]. It’s common knowledge that Candida and I split a while back. Our divorce has been finalised and she has not been my wife for some years now,” he said in a statement.

“When I fathered my children, we had already separated. It is false that I fathered the children while I was with Candida.”

He refused to reveal the reasons behind their break-up, saying only: “As with any divorce, it is the inability to find common ground.”

Dandala also said he had moved on with his life and that he was seeing another woman, but declined to reveal who she is.

“I would rather not share her name. I can say that she has been a light in my life and has been fantastic with the children. So much so that the children asked me [unsolicited] whether they can call her mum too.

“So that has been her name to them for years now,” he said.

Litchfield could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.

Meanwhile, City Press can reveal that the mother of two of Dandala’s children has taken him to the Randburg Magistrates’ Court after accusing him of failing to pay maintenance.

The two will square off in court on December 2.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, claimed that Dandala was in arrears to the tune of R30?000 after six months of failing to pay maintenance.

A source close to the case said: “There was an agreement that he should actually pay R4?000 each for the two children, but he defaulted. She decided to take him to court because he deliberately ignored her pleas to pay the money.”

The source said Dandala had asked the court to reduce the amount he was paying for each child from R4?200 to R1?200.

“He is crying poverty, so he wants to pay R2?200 for both kids, but this woman will fight him in court,” said the source.

Dandala confirmed that the woman had taken him to court, but denied that he had defaulted on payments.

“The amount she wants for maintenance is unreasonably higher than the maintenance I am paying for our children.

“It would require me to earn nearly two and a half times what I earn to make that kind of payment and still be able to support myself and my other children as fairly as I have been doing.

“Attempts were made to clarify this. Those attempts have clearly failed and this is why we are going to court. I have never defaulted. I always take care of my children and that’s why we going to court,” said Dandala.

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