Pirates playa’s maintenance battle

By Drum Digital
05 January 2011

A YEAR ago she had it all: a wonderful romance with a star Orlando Pirates player, a promising job as a recruitment coordinator at Discovery Health, a home in Kyalami, Joburg, and a racy Mini Cooper her man had bought for her. Fast forward to the present and she’s single, unemployed, living with her parents and her racy car is about to be repossessed by the bank.

Nkeletseng Masina (26) has filed for divorce from Dennis “Yuki” Masina (28) and has kissed her life of luxury goodbye. She has also decided to tell her side to put an end to gossip about their break-up once and for all.At first glance you’d never say she’s a woman trying to put the pieces of her life back together. She’s dressed in a strapless beige dress and killer heels and has a smile that lights up the room – but that poised and elegant façade hides sadness and bitterness. “Yes, my marriage is over,” she admits. “In October 2009 I found Yuki in bed with another woman. I still tried to work on my marriage but I later realised I just couldn’t live with him anymore and moved out.”

She filed for divorce three months after allegedly catching him red-handed, but says her life hangs in limbo until Dennis signs the divorce papers and takes responsibility for their six-year-old daughter, Mbali.

The split affected her badly, she continues. “I rented a townhouse in Centurion but the stress of the break-up really affected me at work. I quit and that meant I could no longer afford the townhouse. I was paying rent, buying food and paying all the bills for the first time. I was overwhelmed.

“After six months I realised I wasn’t coping and went to live with my parents in Centurion. Yuki cheated on me and now he doesn’t want to maintain our daughter,” she adds bitterly. “After I had the baby and I was staying with my parents, he would give me R3 000 every month but now that I’ve left him he only wants to give me R1 000.

“When we were married he took care of everything. He bought me a Mini Cooper, for which the instalments were R4 200, and the insurance and tracker cost R1 975. After I left he refused to pay the instalments and I can’t afford them because I’m not working.”

He’s paid Mbali’s school fees for 2011, but Nkeletseng wants him to pay an additional R3 000 in maintenance. “It’s fine if he doesn’t want to pay for my car anymore, but I still need R1 000 for groceries and about R640 for her transport to school,” she says.

Mbali has obviously not been denied much in her life – her mother is also claiming R400 a month for the maintenance of her child’s hair. “And her father used to take her to places like the zoo and restaurants,” Nkeletseng adds. “She wants to continue going to those places but I can’t afford that lifestyle.”

She alleges her lawyers have served him with notices demanding maintenance but he ignores them. “It’s been over a year and we still haven’t finalised the divorce. He refuses to make himself available so the evaluators can come to his house and do an assessment. The situation has become impossible.”

Read the full article in DRUM of 13 January 2010

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