Nelisiwe has no grounds for divorce - Petros
MBABANE – Petros Shongwe, the husband of the former Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Senator Nelisiwe, contends that his wife has no ground to seek a divorce.
This is contained in the notice of exception he filed through his lawyers, from Lloyd Mzizi Attorneys, at the Manzini Magistrates Court.
A notice of excpetion is raised when the summons served to a defendant arise vague, embarrassing or do not disclose a cause of action.
The former minister wants out of her marriage of almost 20 years, alleging that her husband had, on several occasions, abused her physically and threatened her with death. She did not elaborate, however, on the threats.
They were married according to Swazi Customary Law. She also wants the court to issue an order granting her custody of their three children.
In his notice, Petros stated that his wife has not alleged or proven grounds for divorce as it is accepted in law that a party has to allege and prove one of the two grounds of divorce.
The two grounds for divorce, according to him, are malicious desertion and adultery.
"The plaintiff in her particulars of claim has alleged and relies for her claim of divorce on the following: - with the sole intention of bringing the marriage between the parties to an end, the defendant (Petros) has on several occasions abused the plaintiff physically and threatened her with death and in the circumstances, the marriage between the two parties has irretrievably broken down and they can no longer stay together," reads part of the court papers filed by Nelisiwe.
It was reported by the Times of Swaziland late last year that the former minister had moved out of their matrimonial home in the plush Beverly Hills area in Mbabane to stay in a two-bedroom rented flat in Thembelihle.
At the time she said she had moved out because there was an electricity blackout and she needed to cook for her children.
Sesidziniwe, I mean the news of this couple is beginning to bore us! What is the reason for following this couple around when soo many people divorce everyday? Some live together but their marriage collapsed a long time ago, but they have the peace because no one is meddling in their affairs as the media seems to do here. Am I missing something here, are these people celebrities of some sort? What is so special about their marriage that the nation needs to be updated on everyday with this much precision? Why I am getting the impression that someone out there has a vendetta and a score to settle with them. This is unfair now. Can someone cut the guys some slack here and spare us the boredom
Jun 6, 2012, 7:29 AM, Burns Dlamini (Lobhoncela) (Burnspolitics@gmail.com)
Am very much interested in this drama, so please go on with the follow up...
Jun 6, 2012, 3:25 PM, Mgadli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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