Ntuthuko case takes new twist
MBABANE – The child maintenance case of Minister Ntuthuko Dlamini has taken another twist as the mother of his two children is now demanding E6 000 per month.
The minister’s former girlfriend Phiwinhlanhla Madida moved an application yesterday through her lawyer from Mbuso Simelane and Associates at the Mbabane Magistrates Court seeking variation of the maintenance from E250 per month to E6 000
She also wants a garnishee order issued against Dlamini, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, because he has allegedly repeatedly defaulted on the monthly maintenance payments.
In her application, Madida wants a garnishee order of E6 000 to be effected on the minister’s salary.
The minister is represented by lawyers from Howe Attorneys and the case was heard yesterday before Magistrate Ndumiso Shongwe, who postponed it to August 1 as Dlamini’s lawyers said they intended to file opposing papers.
In 2006, Madida took the minister to court demanding that he pay E250 towards the maintenance of his children.
The minister did not oppose the application and an order forcing him to pay was issued. He was not a minister at the time, as he was only elected into office in 2008.
On October 6, 2011, the Mbabane Magistrates Court issued a warrant of execution against property of the minister for failing to contribute towards the upkeep of his children.
He was in arrears of E15 000, based on the number of months he had failed to pay the maintenance from the year 2006.
The minister later publicly declared that he would never pay for the maintenance for the children.
He later changed his mind and made an undertaking to pay the E15 000 that he owed.
The decision was reached after talks between the sheriff who had been instructed to execute the writ, Madida’s lawyers, the minister and his lawyer.
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