FW fights to keep finances private

2012-09-02 20:51

Cape Town - Former president FW de Klerk will continue his legal battle to keep the state of his finances out of the public eye, the Rapport newspaper reported on Sunday.

The former head of state's daughter-in-law Nicole Noordien is in the process of divorcing De Klerk's son, Willem.

She had demanded R33 000 a month in maintenance from the senior De Klerk, as his son was unreliable in making regular payments, the newspaper reported.

A Randburg magistrate ordered that De Klerk make known his finances by Monday. De Klerk, however, won an urgent bid in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday, allowing him to keep his financial position confidential.

The interdict was only granted pending the outcome of a review process in the same high court.

In court papers, De Klerk claimed that since the divorce proceedings started, he had already given financial support to his son and his two granddaughters. The money came from the Fredek-trust, which was established for his children and grandchildren.

De Klerk insists that disclosing his personal finances is administratively illegal. He claims it would infringe his right to privacy and damage his reputation.

"I expect my appearance in the Randburg court would be widely publicised and the ensuing commentary could have a negative impact on my privacy and reputation," Rapport quoted him as saying in court documents.

According to De Klerk, as a former state president, he was unavoidably also a public figure, which constantly drew media attention with regard to his activities and personal circumstances.

De Klerk said that until his son could afford it, money for the children's maintenance and school fees would come from the Fredek trust.

Both senior and junior De Klerk are expected back in the magistrate's court in Randburg on Monday.

  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-09-02 21:07

    She is demanding R 33000 ? Some women are just gold diggers and lazy asses!!! hope he is fighting this maintance figure ! I would!!! He should pay for all the kids things directly himself.

      beverley.oflynn1 - 2012-09-02 21:15

      Greedy, under statement! Two daughters and that would be R16 500 for each child per month! A joke! And I totally don't agree with FW paying anything, Willem is well able to take care of his daughters! He should be ashamed of himself to put his Dad in this kind of predicament!

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-02 21:17

      Amen sister...

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-02 21:18

      Well said Nina!!!!

      daniel.w.gie - 2012-09-03 09:26

      you forget ,he screwed around ,,he has a thing for exotic wonen ....he's been caught ,pay the orice .

      daniel.w.gie - 2012-09-03 09:37

      are you on this planet ...look what he did to his late ex wife ..... his son is a philanderer ...... thanks to him for selling us out ..... it's payback time ...the trust wont even feel it ...fancy accountants , will make it a tax write off ..... and remember he has a greek passport , bye bye .

      deabreu - 2012-09-03 15:35

      Gold digging b*t*h! comes to mind. 100% spot-on.

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-09-27 10:42

      The children have a right to continue the same living conditions as they were used to before the divorce. Willem is trying to punish his ex-wife by taking it out on the kids. And since when has either of the de Klerks been known for their honesty?

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-09-02 21:07

    joh joh joh.. I didnt knw the grandpa can also b sued 4 maintenance? Pls help me ryt guys.. Or is it jus becoz hes a high profile individual?

      beverley.oflynn1 - 2012-09-02 21:11

      If a father can't pay maintenance in South Africa, the court can make the grandparents pay, or if the father is now living or married to someone else, that person can also be made to pay.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-02 21:23

      Clint, It is so much better to fly below the radar than have this kind of negative attention. The media just loves this kind of stuff! Sorry News 24 but that is what you guys do for a crust :-)))))

  • frik.groenewald - 2012-09-02 21:11

    WTF R33,000 a month, she feeding them kids Gold chips, the court should tell her to bugger off and get real!!

      bj.pieman - 2012-09-02 21:21

      no, she just needs petrol to drive them to school

      firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-09-03 13:07

      She wants to share with a new parasite boyfriend

  • Teuneman - 2012-09-02 21:13

    She's mad! What NEED can 2 children have that amounts to R 33 000? Do they have to pay rent, have a car installment, DSTV, Insurance, groceries, dependants, petrol, toll money, home loan, rates, taxes, etc? Coz that's what it can easily buy, and more.

  • timothyrudman - 2012-09-02 21:15

    What is a grandchildrer? How can you believe anything that news24 reports when nothing is edited?

      timothyrudman - 2012-09-03 07:55

      Seems like we are the editors, miraculously changed overnight....

  • beverley.oflynn1 - 2012-09-02 21:17

    What about her rich dutch boyfriend who also gives her money???? When will it ever be enough?????? Disgraceful!

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-09-02 21:34

    @bernpm I would to see pik botha's finances and conscience, I love De klerk and for what he has given to SA.

  • heinvt - 2012-09-02 21:41

    What is grandchildrer? Does anybody at News24 read this stuff before publishing it?

  • ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-09-02 21:52

    This is ridiculuos, one cannot be expected to pay allimony for one's children

  • - 2012-09-02 22:36

    Let's see them finances sir. Very soon we will demand to see rre Zuma's finances. I think a lot of people on this forum will clamour to see them then!

  • madulla.nkosi - 2012-09-02 22:50

    Fkcing Hell! Since when is a pensioner expected to pick up the tab for his d-in-law? This type of loophole must be permanently plugged. The audacity to DEMAND R33 000 is incomprehensible. Nicole, 'You married the son, and not the father or mother-in-law'. It would seem that this women has no morals or decency. Let FW enjoy his retirement in peace.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-27 10:01

      In peace or in Greece?

  • vanrooyen.gustav - 2012-09-02 23:08

    what reputation?

  • ederik.kritzinger - 2012-09-02 23:29

    Damage his reputation? Is he scared all the handouts he received when he gave the country on a silver platter to the ANC will come out?

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-03 04:35

    I'm so happy I date men. Women just look like trouble. Exhausting, back breaking trouble.

      bashin.monyela - 2012-09-03 08:30

      Lol, back breaking.

      Riaan - 2012-09-03 09:34

      LOL. I'm in two minds about this statement. I feel sorrier for heterosexual women most of the time.

      beryl.knipe - 2012-09-03 15:42

      Don't be so STUPID!

  • john.cryink - 2012-09-03 07:26

    FW had nothing to do with his son's children why does his daughter in law want his money is FW responsible for their excistance? What about her father? R33000 a month? Between three and five thousand Rand shoul do. As most children in SA live with much less than that. What about her financial contribition.

  • clive.brink - 2012-09-03 07:45

    The mother and the daughters are entitled to the lifestyle they were used to. Opening his financial affairs in court/public might just show a litany of incomes such as former State President's, salary from the De Klerk Foundation, and settlement "pensions" every month from the USA and UK governments.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-03 08:31

    Willy you little a man and flash your papers !!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-03 09:25

    I am sure no money will be hidden in Greece.

  • MallyGold - 2012-09-03 11:34

    I am suspicious of the reasons for the little Randburg magistrate requiring De Klerk Snr to disclose his wealth. If a judgement is made against FW, he can either pay or defend his rights in court. There is no real reason to force disclosure of his wealth.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-09-03 12:24

    Take the sell-out bastard to the cleaners..........bottom line.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-09-03 15:39

    She's being ridiculous!!!!!!! W.T.H. does she want R33.000 a month for? Let her go out and work like the rest of us!! I hope FW makes a stand and REFUSES to pay the woman. As it is, he's paying for his grand children's school fees and maintenance so what's SHE claiming for? Gggrrrr!

  • pete.bower.982 - 2012-09-03 16:24

    This is a travesty. Since when does a grandfather have to assume responsibility for his grandchildren? De Klerk Junior should man-up and fight his money-grabbing ex. If he can't afford to pay R33 000 maintenance that's his issue, and his wife's, not his father's

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-03 17:22

    Is he hiding those millions he got when he sold out SA in 1992 ? .... just wondering

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-09-03 18:20

    Willem's wife must have a rough idea of how much FW is worth. It would be nice to know but more importantly, where did the money come from. The bit about the children's trust fund reminds me of Malema...

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-09-03 18:25

    Why is Willem such a loser that he has to have his daddy bail him out and pay for his two daughters' maintenance? Why doesn't Willem man up and contribute to his own childrens' well being. You breed 'em, you feed'em boetie! Certainly NOT a chip off the old block!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-27 09:58

    Yes, don't show the people how much you have. They may wonder if you are any different than the corrupt politicians we now have. I wouldn't be surprised if you are a very wealthy maN, F.W.

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