Tutu in court for maintenance

By Drum Digital
08 March 2013

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's son Trevor has appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court for failing to pay maintenance, it was reported on Friday.

Tutu, 56, appeared in court on Thursday after being released on bail of R1500 last week, The Star reported.

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

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

When Tutu 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 Friday.

According to 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 R5550 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 Magistrate's Court.

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

-by Sapa

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