SuperSport United captain a deadbeat dad, court rules

2013-05-19 14:00

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SuperSport United captain Thabo September has been ruled offside by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court in a custody battle.

September (26) filed a custody suit against the mother of one of his children after claiming she had moved the child to another province without his consent.

But the case was struck off the roll on Thursday because, while the footballer shines on the field, the court ruled he was a deadbeat dad.

The court ruled that September should start paying maintenance to support his child’s upbringing before challenging for custody.

A friend of the child’s mother told City Press they were happy with the court’s decision.

“How do you demand custody if you are not even maintaining the child? I don’t understand this man. My friend would be stupid if she grants him custody of the child.

“She must fight him. These football stars think they can do as they please and get away with it. We have the law in this country and all of us must abide by it,” said the friend.

Attempts to get comment from the child’s mother were unsuccessful.

But September confirmed that he had filed the custody case.

“It is unfortunate that the case has been struck off the roll. But the court is still going to set a date for a maintenance hearing, after which I can continue with the custody

case,” he said.

September, who has been on the bench for much of this Premier Soccer League season because of injuries, said he would fight hard for custody.

He also said the battle was not about whether the woman was a good mother.

“I’m not saying she is an unfit mother. She is a good mother. It’s just that I don’t approve of our child living (elsewhere) when we all lived in Gauteng. That is why this matter ended up in court.”

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