Man tries to convince court there’s no marriage despite R90 000 ring

2014-06-15 10:03

A Pedi man who has tried to back out of his traditional marriage has been resolutely smacked down by five judges at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Robert Mpahlele* claimed he was merely living with Mary Mamabolo*, despite the fact that he bought the bride a wedding ring worth more than R90?000.

In a judgment delivered last week, the court ruled a valid customary (traditional) marriage had indeed been concluded, preventing Mpahlele from claiming he had no financial obligations towards Mamabolo.

The court noted that Mpahlele and his brother, who both testified there had been no customary marriage, had “serious difficulties” when confronted by photographs of the wedding ceremony and other evidence that showed there had been a marriage.

The court ruled that another “telling blow” to Mpahlele’s version was that he referred to “my darling wife”, “my lovely wife” and “our wedding ring” in a letter.

“To my mind, this is the proverbial nail in the appellant’s coffin,” Judge Lebotsang Bosielo wrote in the court’s unanimous judgment.

*?Names have been changed because City Press is not legally allowed to disclose parties in a divorce matter

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