Tutu son in court for maintenance

2013-03-08 09:13

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s son, Trevor, has appeared in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court for failing to pay maintenance.

Trevor Tutu (56) appeared in court yesterday after being released on bail of R1 500 last week, The Star reported.

According to court documents, Tutu Jr was in arrears with his maintenance payments and had absconded when sought. It had been difficult to trace him.

It was further reflected in court documents that he had requested a legal aid lawyer, the newspaper reported.

When Tutu Jr took the stand, he had no lawyer to represent him. However, he said he had been told a lawyer was being sent. “I spoke to him literally five minutes ago,” he said. The matter was rolled over until today.

According to Joburg daily, The Star, a Zimbabwean woman now living in Canada took him to court two years ago to force him to pay monthly maintenance of about R5 550 for her now 14-year-old son.

The woman reportedly sought help from a Canadian court, which ruled that Tutu pay. The matter was transferred to the Randburg Magistrates’ Court.

However, Tutu Jr failed to appear in court and was caught at a roadblock by Swaziland police, who handed him over to South African authorities.

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