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MAGISTRATE GUILTY OF ADULTERY

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MANZINI – Two judicial officers are on each other’s throats after one accused the other of having sexual intercourse with his wife.


One of the judicial officers is a magistrate, who is based in one of the courts in the Lubombo Region and the other is a court president.
The magistrate was eventually found guilty of adultery by the Masundvwini Roy

al Kraal after he allegedly had sexual intercourse with the Court President’s wife and impregnated her with a baby boy, who is about 15 years old now.
A source close to the matter alleged that when the affair between the two started, the magistrate was a lawyer before being appointed to his current position.
Then, he was an attorney of the complainant’s wife in their maintenance case. The source alleged that in 1998, while he was still representing the complainant’s wife, the accused was the one who used to serve the complainant with summons and a garnishee order.


He alleged that later on, the complainant’s wife went to reside at a rented flat around the Lubombo Region.
“One day, the complainant went to visit his wife with the aim of taking her back home and he caught her and the accused in a rented house which was occupied by his significant other,” the source alleged.


He said police were called and the defendant claimed that he was not aware that the woman was married. He said the complainant asked him why he referred to the woman as ‘Mrs’ when he served him with the maintenance summons and garnishee order but he failed to respond.


Thereafter, the source said the complainant reported the matter at Logoba Royal Kraal and opened a case of adultery.  However, the source said the case dragged for some years at Logoba Royal Kraal because the wife was allegedly no longer attending the matter.


As a result, he said the case was transferred to Masundvwini Royal Kraal where it was finally concluded as a judgment was issued on September 25, 2018, which was about 20 years since the case was opened.


According to the judgment, which was issued by Masundvwini Royal Kraal Chairman Mduna Phungwayo and Secretary Peter Dlamini, the complainant opened a case of adultery against the magistrate. “The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge and claimed that he did not know that the woman was married since she did not tell him,” reads part of the judgement.


The royal kraal’s committee found the defendant guilty as charged and as based on his own plea.
As a result, the defendant was fined a total of seven cattle and according to the judgment, the complainant was supposed to get five cattle while the royal kraal’s committee and the emissary to collect the fine would get one each. 

 

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