ZITF chairperson sued for maintenance by ex-boyfriend

16
5092
ZITF Company board chairperson Ruth Ncube

ZIMBABWE International Trade Fair (ZITF) chairperson, Ruth Ncube is being sued by a former lover, Wilson Sezi, who is demanding $3 800 monthly in maintenance.

BY SILAS NKALA

Wilson Sezi (53) filed maintenance summons against Ncube at the Bulawayo Magistrates’ Court on May 2 in terms of the Maintenance Act Chapter 5:09.

The summons said Ncube should appear before the court on the morning of May 2 with “any witnesses and/or documentary evidence to show cause why she should not provide reasonable maintenance for the aforesaid person and she should provide her employment number and payslip.”

But Ncube filed a notice of opposition on May 8, where she argued a maintenance order should not be used by “people acting out of spite revenge and abuse”.

“Firstly, I am not a spouse of the applicant. Applicant has not even bothered to advise the court how he concludes that I am a spouse to him. I set out the history of our relationship here under,” she hit back.

Ncube said Sezi was introduced to her around January 2016 by a friend.

“I, as a widow, warmed up to the idea of having male company from time to time. When I met the applicant, he projected himself as a Christian and a businessman of note, who, unfortunately, had lost his wife through death. I started dating the applicant,” she submitted

Ncube said in May 2016, she met the applicant’s sister in Shurugwi and Sezi also met her brother, before whom he declared her as his lover and stated that he wanted to marry her.

“According to my brother, the family asked for payment of $800, representing what in our culture is called kangaziwe,” she said.

“This is money that confers upon a suitor the status of being a customary law husband. In the absence of payment of that amount in full in our culture, there is no relationship of husband and wife that can be established. On the first visit, the applicant was asked to pay and he paid $200 as sivulamlomo, a token to allow him to state his case.

“I am advised, which advice I accept, that in August 2016, applicant visited my brother and paid $700 for kangaziwe and undertook that the balance was to be paid later.

Soon thereafter, I then learned that the applicant had multiple sexual relations with a multiplicity of women and I confronted him.”

Ncube said Sezi and his family started persuading her over a period of time to go through the whole customary process in order to marry the applicant, but she was sceptical.

She said at some point, Sezi’s maid told her that he was demanding sex from her.

Ncube said from December 2016, she battled to get Sazi out of her life and was traumatised by the applicant, who threatened to commit suicide is she left him.

Ncube said she got rid of Sezi in 2017 and had not seen him in nine months, though he continued to send her messages.

“Applicant’s budget, according to him, is $13 033. That is what he consumes per month. Of this amount, applicant wants me to contribute $3 800,” Ncube submitted.

“What it means is that applicant earns $9 233 per month from his own means. He desires that I top up to $13 033 so that he is maintained. I am advised that an order for maintenance is not a gateway ticket to luxurious means. It is a relief to secure the basic of survival. At $9 233 net earnings, the applicant earns more than a government minister does in this country. Applicant has vowed that he will embarrass me and desired that I should suffer.”

She said as far as she was concerned, there was no marriage between them and regarded Sezi as a former boyfriendZIMBABWE International Trade Fair (ZITF) chairperson, Ruth Ncube is being sued by a former lover, Wilson Sezi, who is demanding $3 800 monthly in maintenance.

16 COMMENTS

  1. The man is stuipid. He is a disgrace to MANkind! He needs his balls snaped very quickly! nxa!

  2. Comment…Man and woman are equal under our constitution and if women can claim maintainance, men can also claim. She must pay

  3. if they had been married he would have claimed alimony but this story seems as though he was just a ben 10 he must have played his cards better and secured some sort of marital union the very least a traditional ceremony as it stands his claim is void and lacks merit most likely to be thrown out and once that is done she can even get a peace order this has become a sort of harrasment to the lady and he is causing damage to her rapour which she can sue the guy for he should drop these charges and settle this issue out of court i will backfire if he is not careful .Overall this man is just lazy .

  4. When I read the headline I was somewhat inclined to argue in support of this Sezi Ben 10 but Mam’Ncube’s account sounds more credible. Sezi should have paid ‘kangaziwe’ in full!!!

  5. how much does he get as pay. if she is getting more than 4000 a month then Zimbabwe will continue dying economical. surely people cant be getting that much as chairpersons of companies. something is wrong in Zimbabwe.

  6. I think Sezi is not serious about the money. He’s only in a ploy to expose and shame the woman through the courts and papers after falling out with her. Now her work mates, friends, family and the country at large know about the affair. Mission complete.

  7. This case is interesting. I feel the man is not acting in good faith. However the chances of success of Sezi appear bright. A case in point is the Karimatsenga L/Tsvangirai M case where payment of lobola was regarded as complete to satisfy an existing/valid marriage notwithstanding the longevity of the union or whether they stayed under roof. African custom does not require one to pay the full purchase price of lobola for one to be considered married in full. While alimony/maintenance should not be a way of accumulating wealth the man was introduced to a certain way of life and has to maintain that lifestyle until he marries another lady or gets gainfully employed the onus is on the lady to prove if either occurs and apply for variation and or cessation in the case that he marries. This case will set precedence.. and may result in the need for pre-nuptial agreements and some additional clauses to our laws..

  8. This case is interesting. I feel the man is not acting in good faith. However the chances of success of Sezi appear bright. A case in point is the Karimatsenga L/Tsvangirai M case where payment of lobola was regarded as complete to satisfy an existing/valid marriage notwithstanding the longevity of the union or whether they stayed under one roof. The former PM had to pay through the nose and parted with US$ 300,000. The law also allows one to sue for a breach in of promise to marry someone. African custom does not require one to pay the full lobola/brideprice for one to be considered married in full. While alimony/maintenance should not be a way of accumulating wealth the man was introduced to a certain way of life and has to maintain that lifestyle until he marries another lady or gets gainfully employed. The onus is on the lady to prove if either occurs and apply for variation and or cessation in the case that he marries. In another case the lady argued that the guy was engaging in extra-Marital affairs implying they were married!! Its a case which requires divorce and maybe an out of court settlement and also need for protection orders in future. This case will set precedence.. and may result in the need for pre-nuptial agreements and some additional clauses to our laws.. quite a few legal nuggets eh. 🙂 🙂 :O 🙂

  9. Asika akaroora saka anogonawo kupiwa maintenance yacho sezvinongoitawo vakandzi vari mu similar situation plus hatina kunzwawo kuti Sezi arikutiwo chii nezvenhaya iyi his side of the story

Comments are closed.