Man sues bank over wife's affair

2012-12-21 08:21

Johannesburg - A Gauteng man tried to sue FirstRand Bank after his wife allegedly fell in love with her colleague while working there, The Star reported on Friday.

"There should be a motto, ex curia Johannesburgensis semper aliquid novi: out of the Johannesburg High Court there is always something new," Judge Nigel Willis said in his judgment.

"I know that litigants can be imaginative here in Johannesburg, but this is one that deserves a special prize."

Dessie Ramnath alleged in his application that the bank was responsible for the pain and suffering that resulted from the affair.


According to the report, Willis said the claim was bizarre and was clearly without merit.

"There is no such claim recognised in our common law," Willis said.

"I am quite confident that, no matter how many judges of this division may try to develop the common law, we are not, in this country, going to start allowing awards of damages against employers because people fall in love at work.

"This happens all the time. It has happened, and will no doubt continue to happen until the cows come home."

The bank objected to Ramnath's claim.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-12-21 08:27

    One born every day........

  • zolanqa - 2012-12-21 08:27

    Poor sod... Had he won, many comonanies would be bankrupt within a year(",)...

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-21 08:27

    Hey and all... It was a good try.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-21 08:29

    Huge difference between Private and Public sector. Now if it was within government he probably would have won. I know of one woman who got a milion or two from local government for a case of sexual harassment. Just so happens that the transgressor was a municipal manager. Also just so happens that he is still one. Sowetan 29 October 2012. Page 6.

      jj.jeno.1 - 2012-12-21 08:38

      There is absolutely no comparison between what you're talking about and this apples with apples dude.

      philani.goba - 2012-12-21 08:50

      idiot!..this was not was an affair! and re-read and re-read then consult before putting irrelevant comments

      Blackpoison - 2012-12-21 09:23

      Think you lost the plot on this one, Kosie

      riette.nothling - 2012-12-21 09:42

      Koos, sexual harrasment and willingly participating in an affair are two completely different things. Suing the employer for sexual harrasment should be allowed, companies should take a stance against perverts.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-21 10:18

      By law if you can prove someone cause your marriage to go to ground that person CAN be held liable. The municipal manager sexually harasses an employee. The municipal manager is NOT held responsible but rather the counsel is. Can you guys see what I'm saying? Not saying the stories are the same but there is a fine line between sexual harassment and fooling around at work. Some just figured out you can make money out of it and some do take advantage of their position to "get what they want" and in that case why should the company not be held liable? If I had a wife and her boss made sure they travelled together, ended up at the same venues and heaven forbid ended up in the same room by using his influence in the company, hell yeah the company had a role to play. There are policies and procedures and I bet he (or they as he represents the company) is in breach of those. I'm not saying it happened. I'm just questioning if it really was a shot in the dark.

      willgram.jacobs - 2012-12-21 10:24

      lol koos seems you really off ramped way far from the topic discussed people need to ask for there school fees back.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-21 10:42

      Booi, don't get personal, I love KOO beans.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-21 10:48

      @adrian.snyman3: It's not the reading, it's the interpretation. Heard the moon is blood red this morning from a German server. Can't wait to see if the world burns today. Kinda exciting but chances are I will be disappointed again.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-21 11:09

      kagiso.booi: Not if you take into account for who I work.

      Jane - 2012-12-21 12:23

      um, koos.vandermerwe. Having an affair and being sexually harassed are two completely different things. You could definitely sue for sexual harrassment in both sectors as where suing either for an affair is absurd

  • silenta.solly - 2012-12-21 08:31

    **sigh** was this guy being for real? and the lawyer who took up this case - what was s/he thinking

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-21 08:50

      here comes money for nothing

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-12-21 09:04

      Exactly my point here. Some lawyers do not deserve to be lawyers whatsoever. He/she is a disgrace to the profession. There are law books as a guidance to everything concerning law one does not come up with his/her laws. But for the guy have no regard for him for making a fool of himself.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-21 10:49

      LOL adrian.snyman3. You haven't worked with lawyers much have you?

      trudy.riet - 2012-12-21 10:57

      i have never met an honest lawyer

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-12-21 10:58

      // Some lawyers do not deserve to be lawyers whatsoever. // So if you were lawyer you would have turned this guy away? Hahaha. Your loss. Meanwhile, across this street.. Ol' Joe Soapie, Lawyer Extraordinaire just made R6000.

  • jawa.bunter - 2012-12-21 08:32

    Funny how there is always somebody else to blame, and it is never your own fault. This fool should sue himself because clearly he is inadequate, for whatever reason, as a spouse.

  • Ghostfacekillah - 2012-12-21 08:40

    What a tosser!!

  • gvangreunen - 2012-12-21 08:43

    how is it the banks problem if someone starts making regular deposits into your wife's account? Maybe he had a longer line of credit than you!

      ngonimclean - 2012-12-21 08:57

      your comment deserves an award *laughs for days*

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-12-21 09:06

      I love it too! I am in stitches. Keep them coming.

      Blackpoison - 2012-12-21 09:27

      Yip, and the interest grew much quicker in the new account

      skat.peete - 2012-12-21 10:16

      Good one! Give gvangreunen a bells, on me (using my fnb account) :)

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-12-21 10:25

      gvangreunen Brilliant ! That's all I can say !

  • nkosi.tsheda - 2012-12-21 08:56

    Me thinks the bank must sue this idiot. 4 letting his wife having affairs rather than doing wat she paid 2

      wisani.leibnitz - 2012-12-21 10:12


  • Pete7930 - 2012-12-21 08:56

    @gvan.. Ha ha ha ha!

  • jawa.bunter - 2012-12-21 09:04

    Only winners here are the lawyers, who are crying all the way to the bank. He should sue them for providing bad leagal advice.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-12-21 09:08

      Exactly my point. And for bringing the legal profession into disrepute.

  • Synomore - 2012-12-21 09:04

    He should sue a man who screwed his wife since he is got plenty of money to throw a way

      wisani.leibnitz - 2012-12-21 10:11

      Interesting one... so since the wife had a ring the guy who slept with her was a "thief" in another man's territory. LoL... I think we aregetting somewhere with this...

  • jawa.bunter - 2012-12-21 09:07

    I hope the judge awarded costs appropriately.

  • makhosonke.mqikela - 2012-12-21 09:17

    But...this is a private matter and it had to be handled appropriately.

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-12-21 09:20

    Dom kop man

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2012-12-21 09:20

    Sue u'r wife

  • Bomkazi Bhobho - 2012-12-21 09:21

    For real? I wonder who advised him to do that...

  • osama.pascal - 2012-12-21 09:28

    Very funny

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2012-12-21 09:31

    Bank fees are getting expensive! haha

  • ravin.govinden - 2012-12-21 09:33

    What a chop

  • Erna - 2012-12-21 09:33

    Sue your lawyer for wrong advice.

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-12-21 11:08

      Another person who automatically assumes they know what advice the lawyer gave. Tell me, are you privy to information we mere mortals are not?

  • stilbek - 2012-12-21 09:36

    The Mayans can atleast say this was the biggest Mampara that lived before their world came to an end.

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-12-21 09:39

    The bank is got nothing to do with employee's affairs my advice to you is just leave that wife not to blame anyone.

  • Tshephangsithole - 2012-12-21 09:42

    Kwaaaaaaa... what a joke for today...i give him 5/5..;-)

  • - 2012-12-21 09:53

    He obviously withdrew his deposit too soon. Therefore the wife was losing interest and decided to deposit in another account where she would get bigger and better returns on her investment. Hahahahaha!

      Jacqui van Zweeden - 2012-12-21 10:03

      LMAO well said shaw

  • tednhet - 2012-12-21 09:59

    Clearly there was a withdrawl somewhere,with plenty interest.

  • xolani.sulanimalghas - 2012-12-21 10:00

    Hahaha oh my gosh,what an embarassment,the lawyers must be ethical,they should have told this guy that there is no case even if they can create one,it will be unwinable.

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-12-21 11:10

      Maybe the lawyers did. But if the client says "do it anyway" the lawyers are required to do so or to inform their client that they will not longer be representing them. The former is much more likely than the latter.

  • Heather Stip - 2012-12-21 10:02


  • jon.chowthee - 2012-12-21 10:07

    FNB: How can we help you? ;)

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-12-21 11:11

      You can not let my wife - one of your employees - fall in love with one of her colleagues! >:O

  • ngonimclean - 2012-12-21 10:09

    i guess its december 21 for this marriage

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-12-21 10:13

    wow how pathetic she finds someone better than what she's got and now he sues the bank really people get a life the bank has nothing to do with the affair as she could of had one any where any time maybe you should look at yourself and change that and then she won't look for someone else to keep her happy

  • gary.bhengu - 2012-12-21 10:14

    Can't blame a brother for trying, better luck next time dude

  • Getrude - 2012-12-21 10:17

    Don't you think it's another version of Dewani' s case. This time plotting to murder FNB? Ja neh! Poverty!

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-12-21 10:20

    Boss , the next thing you are going to get is the protection order against you . What's done is done , plan your future without her as she already has .

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-12-21 10:24

    What is this man smoking!!!!please I need the name of his legal team never to use them!!

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-12-21 11:15

      Lo and behold, yet another individual who knows what legal advice was given when so many others do not. Tell me, did it even occur to you that the following could have happened: Man: I want to sue the bank! Lawyer: Why? Man: Because they let my wife fall in love with a colleague and now I've lost her! I want to sue for pain and suffering. >:( Lawyer: Er, you do know your chances of winning and slim to none? Man: I don't care. I want to sue them! Lawyer: Okay, you're the client. Lawyers do as their clients instruct them. In most cases they will proceed with their clients wishes unless those wishes severely breach the lawyers moral and professional code of ethics.

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-12-21 10:26

    hahahaha this reminds me of movie call the man sue Godmyb this just whatched the movie.Dude this is real world.

  • preggy.govender.9 - 2012-12-21 10:37

    The bank should investigate this man who cracked the vault!

  • cassie.barns.5 - 2012-12-21 11:09

    The man just wanted to cash in... LOL!

  • Superguluva - 2012-12-21 11:10

    It sounds to me like the guy was prepared to sue. He was going to sue Gautrain if the wife met the man there.

  • - 2012-12-21 11:50

    I can understand this man's fustration but there's nothing he can do when your partner decide to cheat. Both men

  • jon.dutoit.9 - 2012-12-21 11:56

    Thats one problem taken off your hands. Let her go unless she is a millionaire otherwise go for her sister or better still, her mother.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-21 11:57

    He thought I'll sue the one with the most money.

  • craig.hopkins.376 - 2012-12-21 11:59

    Maybe if you had given your wife a worthy deposit she wouldn't be banking elsewhere

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-21 12:19

    Hilarious - definetely JOKE OF THE YEAR - can anybody be more stupid than this idiot

  • bbooyse - 2012-12-21 12:23

    Regardless, I feel sorry for the guy

  • mrp721 - 2012-12-21 13:56

    How pathetic... This is South Africa not America you fool...

  • Tebello Ralebotha - 2012-12-21 14:12

    i think da idiot deserve balls, if we give him bells its gonna be a disaster.

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