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SITEKI – The marriage of a prominent local pastor is on the rocks following that his wife has filed for divorce.

Thomson Mfanimpela Hlanze, who is also a teacher at Siteki Nazarene Primary School, has been served with divorce papers by lawyers of his wife, Futhi Brightness Hlanze (nee Dlamini).

The couple wedded through civil rites on July 29, 2000 at KaLanga in Siteki but the wife now wants out of the marriage.
In the divorce papers filed at the Siteki Magistrates Court, Futhi cites adultery as a ground for the divorce action. “The defendant is currently in an adulterous relationship with an adult married Swazi female of Lukhula to whom he witnessed and blessed her wedding (to her husband) as he was their pastor,” alleges Futhi in the court papers.

She alleged to the court, through the divorce papers, that her husband (pastor) had fathered a child out of wedlock with the married church member, with whom they are in an adulterous relationship. “This is despite numerous attempts from her (female church member) husband which included verbal and physical confrontation, even at the defendant’s current workplace,” Futhi alleged in her particulars of claim.

She further alleged that during the course of the marriage, her husband (pastor) would confess to having adulterous affairs. “He (pastor) continually and persistently ignored to show affection, respect and care to the plaintiff...stating that he (had) no affection to the plaintiff in the process and further expressed his desire to settle with somebody else,” further read the wife’s court papers.

The wife further submitted, through the court papers, that conjugal rights ‘had since seized’ between the two parties due to the breakdown of their marriage.
As such, she submitted to the court that her prayers included a final decree of divorce, custody of their minor child, forfeiture of the benefits from the marriage and costs of suits. Pastor Hlanze’s attorneys have not yet filed responding papers.

Meanwhile, when the matter appeared before Lubombo Principal Magistrate Dumisani Magagula, attorneys for the wife applied for a trial date. “Trial is set for Thursday,” stated the magistrate.

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