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MBABANE – PSPF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cleopas Dlamini is free from his extremely religious wife.

This comes after the High Court yesterday issued a final decree of divorce between him and his estranged wife Cynthia Simelane.
Dlamini and his wife had been embroiled in a court battle since 2006.

The final decree of divorce was issued by Judge Cyril Maphanga yesterday after Cynthia reportedly failed to restore conjugal rights as previously ordered by the court.

Dlamini had instituted divorce proceedings against his wife because, among other things, she practised religious beliefs obsessively and intolerably.
Another major source of disquiet was that Cynthia became extremely preoccupied and would neglect her duties due to her heavy engagement in church activities which often entailed frequent church services even during the course of the week and weekends, being away from home to attend prayer meetings for days.


It emerged from Dlamini’s evidence that what really led to the marital difficulties was the radical transformation in the attitude and personality of the defendant (Cynthia) which he described as obsessive and overzealous.
He described some of the changes in his wife as including manifestation and expression of beliefs in the prevalence of evil spirits.

So deep seated these beliefs and practices were that it was alleged that Cynthia appeared to have hallucinations about alleged evil spirits and would wake up in the middle of the night to blow a horn. She reportedly did this for the purpose of warding off and exorcising these spirits much to Dlamini’s consternation and with little if any regard for the family.


The CEO’s further lamentations stem from the defendant’s annual pilgrimages to Israel as part of the church organised events in complete disregard to Dlamini’s disapproval of these trips.
Dlamini stated that he became concerned at the effects these travels were having on Cynthia when he noticed that whenever she had been abroad, she returned a completely changed and more obsessed person.

It has been 11 years since Dlamini and his wife had been living apart, but during the hearing of the matter, Cynthia told the court that she was still waiting for him to return. She said she was aware that Dlamini allegedly lives with a certain woman.

The director of Kusile Enterprise said it did not matter that Dlamini was with another woman and that he had a child with another woman. Cynthia said her husband made a vow that he would stay at their matrimonial home.


In his judgment, Judge Maphanga said he found no reference or any indication of any evidence that the behaviour or conduct of Cynthia had changed.
“There is a glaring absence of any expression of a change of heart or mind nor is there any renunciation of the religious practices complained of nor any expression of any willingness at the very least to either denounce or tamper these practices and beliefs at all,” said Judge Maphanga.

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