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Mzwakhe Myeni wants court order reviewed

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MALKERNS – The teenage mother allegedly mother-
ing Mzwakhe Myeni’s baby has not received any money towards maintenance.

The baby girl’s mother *Nosipho, said she has never received money towards supporting the child from Myeni, whom she claims is the father of the baby.

She said her family has also not accompanied her to the Myeni family to introduce the baby for the purposes of identification, as per Swazi custom.

It has been gathered that Myeni, instead, filed an application at the High Court where he sought for a review of the maintenance ruling.

In the application Myeni said the order issued by the magistrates court was not fair in that he was not given an opportunity to state his side. This essentially meant that the order would not stand pending finalisation of the review.

Myeni’s attorney Zonke Magagula confirmed that Myeni has filed an application on the maintenance order.

Although he was reluctant to discuss the matter, he said it was still pending before court.

Magagula said he would not delve much on the issue of the baby being taken to the Myenis because that was a matter between two families.

The teenage mother’s attorney on the other hand said he has not received any instruction from his client.

Makhosi Vilakati said it has been a long time since he communicated with the girl’s family to get an update.

He said, "We are waiting for further instructions and the attorney handling the current issue is not in at the moment to shed some light on how far the matter has gone."

Vilakati said he was aware about the application that Myeni filed regarding the maintenance order. He said it was still pending in court. On the issue of the child being taken to the Myeni family, Vilakati said this was to be arranged by the two families.

In a previous interview with Myeni’s mother, she expressed her eagerness to meet the disputed baby and its mother, saying she would not have a problem with that arrangement. The case went to court in 2010 after Myeni disputed paternity of the baby girl who was 18 months at the time. Since Myeni was also denying knowledge and association with the baby’s teenage mother, this prompted an investigation that proved Myeni had given a ride to the girl’s family from South Africa to Swaziland after the car they were travelling in encountered a mechanical fault.

Documents revealed that he went through the border together with the girl’s family in his car.

The court had issued a ruling that Myeni pays a monthly amount of E500 towards the child’s maintenance pending the DNA analysis.

*Not her real name.

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