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MBABANE – Pastor Sikhumbuzo Shongwe’s wife, Jabulile Nkonyane, is divorcing him.

Nkonyane filed divorce papers at the High Court 14 days after Shongwe was granted bail by the same court. Shongwe had been arrested after he allegedly shot her several times around August 22, 2021 at their rented flat at Moneni, Manzini. The clergyman was admitted to E100 000 bail on August 31, 2021 by Judge Mbutfo Mamba, who ordered him to pay E10 000 cash and provide surety for the balance. The couple’s marriage of four years has been marred by controversy and they have been in and out of courts in countless occasions. In her divorce papers, Nkonyane brought it to the attention of the court that their relationship had broken down irretrievably and her husband had shown his intention of wanting out of the marriage.


She is, among other things, accusing her husband of having committed adultery with her cousin. Nkonyane informed the court that the union between them was soleminised on March 25, 2017 in Manzini, in community of property and two children were born. She narrated to the court that upon getting married, they did not establish a matrimonial home but lived at a rented flat at Moneni. The parties, according to the plaintiff (Nkonyane), were in the process of finishing their home at Timbutini in Manzini.
“On or about the month of May 2021,  the defendant, with the sole intention of putting an end to the marriage, in a family meeting categorically stated that he no longer needed me as a wife,” submitted Nkonyane. She further submitted that she was chased out of their rented flat at Moneni, Tisuka. She said on May 12, 2021, in the company of her father-in-law’s driver, she took some of her clothes as Shongwe had ordered her to vacate the flat.

The plaintiff recounted that on or about the month of July 2021, around 5am, together with her brother and son, they drove to Moneni, Tisuka (rented flat) to fetch the two minor children. “Upon arrival, Shongwe opened the main door to the flat and he was naked,” alleged Nkonyane. According to Nkonyane, her husband tried hiding some of the alleged unpleasant things she had found, including the woman, unfortunately it was late as she (Nkonyane) had already identified the woman. “The woman is my cousin and her name in Hloniphile Ndzinisa. I did not condone the defendant’s adultery,” said Nkonyane. These are allegations contained in particulars of claim whose veracity is still to be tested in court and the defendant is yet to file his papers in the event he is disputing the allegations.


Nkonyane told the court that on August 22, 2021, she proceeded to Moneni to fetch her academic certificate with an intention to apply for employment since the defendant had allegedly barred her from the family business. “At our rented flat, I was confronted with a situation whereby I found a number of people including Shongwe enjoying alcoholic beverages,” alleged the plaintiff. She informed the court that upon seeing her, Shongwe tried by all means to hide Hloniphile, being the woman he was allegedly having an adulterous relationship with. Nkonyane alleged that she confronted Shongwe about the relationship and he became violent and ended up shooting her. She said the shooting led to her being hospitalised and she almost lost her life.
The matter is still pending in court and appearing for the plaintiff are lawyers from Musa M Sibandze Attorneys.

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