‘Other woman’ may owe ‘wronged wife’ a bundle

2009-08-20 00:00

A WOMAN who was ordered in 2006 to pay R75 000 damages to the “wronged wife” of her lover, but then had the order rescinded because she said she was unaware of the case and could not defend herself at the time, is back in court. She now faces the possibility that she might have to pay an even greater sum after admitting in evidence that the affair continued right up until January this year.

But although Kamini Greadie admitted in evidence before Acting Judge Nigel Hollis that she committed adultery with Anand Gounder for seven years until he and his wife, Kamintha, divorced earlier this year, she denied having “enticed” him into starting or continuing the relationship with her.

She maintained she tried to break up with him, but that he “wooed” her, and sometimes got violent when she tried to leave him.

She gave birth to his daughter in 2003, which she said made it even more difficult to leave him.

She testified she moved to Johannesburg in 2004, leaving the child with her parents, in a bid to escape Gounder, but he followed and they ended up living together. She said he persuaded her his relationship with his wife was “non-existent”.

Advocate Alistair McIntosh, SC, argued on behalf of Kamintha Gounder that damages now payable by Greadie ought to be even greater than the court awarded in 2006, because she continued the adultery. McIntosh asked Hollis to award an amount of R100 000 to compensate Kamintha Gounder.

Greadie revealed that she too was married throughout the affair, and said she and her husband are now attempting to reconcile.

Judgment will be handed down today.

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