Minister's wife seeks millions in divorce

2013-02-08 08:30

Johannesburg - The wife of a senior Cabinet minister is demanding a large divorce settlement, including a house worth at least R70m, The Star reported on Friday.

The couple, who cannot be named because of South Africa's laws regarding divorce, are seeking a divorce in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

In an affidavit, the woman says: "There have been problems in the marriage which the parties have been unable to resolve, including but not limited to [the minister] having subjected [me] to physical, verbal, mental, emotional abuse and cruelty."

The couple had been married for 20 years.

In addition to the house, the woman wanted R3m to furnish it, payment of rates, taxes, electricity and associated bills, and monthly maintenance of R50 000 for each of their two adult children.

The minister, who earned R1.8m per year, in addition to having considerable business interests, should also supply her with a car worth at least R1m every five years.

She further wanted him to pay any medical expenses for her and their children.

Judge Ramarumo Monama asked the woman to supply more details about her demands by 18 February.

  • patson.nedzamba - 2013-02-08 08:37

    Crazy world

  • Strikeback - 2013-02-08 08:38

    Wow, the lifestyles these people can have with public funds is amazing.

      Pixie86 - 2013-02-08 08:44

      i suppose you missed the part that says he has businesses. then again based on him being a minister you're just naturally assuming he is corrupt

      John - 2013-02-08 08:59

      and i suppose you missed the irony that a minister (which lets face it, ministers know absolutely nothing about anything other than political verbal diarrhea) , manages to rake in millions in such "successful" business interests that he is able to have so many expensive luxuries, and you have probably been kept in the dark with regards to all the corruption currently going on in this country!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-08 09:21

      Pixiw86. Who speaks about corruption has corruption on the brain.

  • Pixie86 - 2013-02-08 08:40

    move over LOTTO, there's a new get rich quick scheme in town: divorce

      Erna - 2013-02-08 09:13

      You first need to find a rich "minister".

      nomvula.s.mngomezulu - 2013-02-08 09:56

      I don`t think 20 years is a quick sheme.

  • HASANIMA - 2013-02-08 08:41

    Is it based on the income of the minister? hope not

  • ogolotse.galelekile - 2013-02-08 08:42

    This is to much

  • Justin - 2013-02-08 08:42

    To spend 20yrs with one of these tssers, Lady "you're worth it" as the ad says

  • adrian.cloete.37 - 2013-02-08 08:46

    70 million rand?!! wtf?!

  • clifford.muller.90 - 2013-02-08 08:49

    I think there should be a probe into the Gigantic amounts of money this minister seems to have... how can our ministers make this amount of money while roads cant be paid for by our already high taxes... and millions of people live in poverty?

  • Shane Kelly - 2013-02-08 08:51

    geez she's not shy would hate to be in a relationship with her

  • morne.siebritz.9 - 2013-02-08 08:55

    Definitely Tokyo Sexwale

      msophiasharp - 2013-02-08 09:45

      En al die tyd sê hulle die een soort sjokolade is lekkerder as die ander... Nee wat, gee my tuisgemaakte fudge en klapper enige tyd, dis goedkoper en baie lekkerder!! LOL

  • christiana.vespucci - 2013-02-08 08:55

    Wow. I have never come across any women. That is so greedy. A one-million rand car after every 5 years. R50000 as maintenance for her ADULT children? I taught it was called child maintenance not adult child maintenance. ? and than she still wants 3million to furnish her mansion? That's the amount I'll have to pay the bank back for my two bedroom shack. Oi. I also want to drive the gravy train a bit.

      Erna - 2013-02-08 09:20

      It actually tells you how much he is worth.

  • kallie.joubert.7 - 2013-02-08 08:55

    This is absolutely sickening!! They keep on proposing more taxes on the working class but ministers can afford houses worth R70 million!! Enough is enough!!!

  • sibusiso.saddiq - 2013-02-08 09:00

    This really sounds like TRokyo and Judy Sexwale.

  • sirmelvin - 2013-02-08 09:01

    How does a own a house worth R70m?! And yet we have so many homeless people in the country....

      sibusiso.saddiq - 2013-02-08 09:29

      He was a businessman before he made it into parliament. the likes of Tokyo,Cyril,etc. I totally understand how he can afford such a lavish lifestyle.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2013-02-08 09:04

    It is not so easy to get all this, the court will look at all the financials of both parties and decide then if they can't settle. R50 000 p/m per child is utter nonsense. She is trying her luck.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-02-08 10:27

      Not necessarily. The court also looks at the lifestyle during the marriage not only the bare needs of the children. If they are high flyers, R50000 maintenance for the children may well be ordered.

  • Badger - 2013-02-08 09:05

    R70 mil house, R1,8 mil a year. I need to change my profession. I'm sure I could get by on R150k a month plus benefits.

  • avanwyk2 - 2013-02-08 09:11

    The things is that all this money you demand to feed your expensive lifestyle, while people are dying from hunger, is actually the taxpayer's money so I say no to your unrealistic demands.

  • phahla.matwa - 2013-02-08 09:19

    This woman is so damn greedy.

  • DarkVoid - 2013-02-08 09:26

    ... and then people wonder why people my age don't want to get married.

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2013-02-08 09:37

    Pity taxpayers will support such extravagant lifestyle if the Minister's spouse's successful!

  • inneedofseed - 2013-02-08 09:37

    i wish she was my auntie, after divorce will work for her as chauffer

  • Richard - 2013-02-08 09:42

    It is scary how the members of Government talk about millions the way I would talk about thousands.

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-02-08 09:42

    1.8 million for being a minister?thaba nchu library is full of unemployed youth surfing the internet hoping theyl get jobs or sent to school and that will neva happen..ever..1.8m?

  • lums.zindela - 2013-02-08 09:46

    This is daylight robbery, why would she still want the man's wealth if she no longer need the man in her life? You should name her, after all it's a democratic South Africa.

  • stephan.butler.14 - 2013-02-08 09:49

    Our tax payers money will probibaly pay for that house!!!! If u in gouvernment u can take as much tax money u want. What a sick country we live in.

  • black.grimreaper.1 - 2013-02-08 09:53

    Judy Sexwale's eyes finally went open!

  • stephan.butler.14 - 2013-02-08 09:54

    Citizens need to know their names. We demand it coz we are a democratic country. Probibly a ANC minister who is gona grab tax money to pay for her demands and that's why they don't give the names.

  • alice.mokhua - 2013-02-08 09:54

    Tokyo doesnt have adult children...but anyway he seems to be a responsible this woman means business,she doesnt have time for child's play. REAP IT girl

  • Kykweer - 2013-02-08 09:59

    The scary thing is that we are all up in arms over Nkandla, yet that is just the tip of the iceberg

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2013-02-08 10:02

    Never mind who it is but to be truthful, if she has suffered abuse for 20 years, she deserves all she can get. Dont call her names, I am sure it cant be easy living with an abuser and its amazing how many woman take it for many many years until just one day they find the courage to say no more. How many stories do we read daily about this. If he has the money, then I say she is entitled to a fair share.

  • ken.koen - 2013-02-08 10:03

    That shouldnt be a problem for a cabinet minister, there's plenty of money in the State Treasury.

  • alta.badenhorst.77 - 2013-02-08 10:04

    These people do not know the "worth" of money!

  • solo.mathe.5 - 2013-02-08 10:06

    Lol... She's a bit greedy... Tjo!

  • carole.small.96 - 2013-02-08 10:09

    Whoever the Minister is doesn't really matter. Did she ever lay charges of assault. If she didn't why is she crying now about what happened over 20 years. She should have done something before. This sounds more like blackmail to me. Pay or I tell

  • del.pearson.98 - 2013-02-08 10:10

    It is so obvious that these rich people have no feeling for their subjects. The poor and average man can't even afford rental and a scooter. Disgusting, she should be asking for him to donate 50% of his wealth to the under priv. and then ask for 25% of the balance. The inequality sucks.

  • mandla.ngubane - 2013-02-08 10:12

    Yah dis woman mean business, cant wait 2 know de names??????

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2013-02-08 10:14

    Sounds as if she knows what is in the kitty.

  • bernard.heritage - 2013-02-08 10:16

    Blimey, she`s not asking for much is she, his other business interests must be very lucrative indeed.

  • thabo.mtaner - 2013-02-08 11:43

    Berlusconi ex-wife to get €36m a year

  • garrick.dunstan - 2013-02-08 13:10

    which minister has other business interests worth more much mhan his annual civil servants salary? oh ja all of them

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