A man from New Lobengula is tired of his married ex-girlfriend who is in the habit of constantly going to his workplace and home to harass him and demand compensation money for the time she “wasted” in their relationship.
Busani Mathe, who is a father of three, was in a relationship with her married neighbour Zibusiso Nyathi who is a mother of five. Mathe said he ended the relationship soon after he found out that Nyathi was married.
“I separated with her when I discovered that she is married. She hadn’t disclosed to me that she was someone else’s wife. I only knew about her children just as she knew about mine,” said Mathe.
After their break-up, Mathe revealed that his ex-girlfriend started insulting and demanding money from him.
“She would go to my house and threaten my girlfriend that I live with. She would also demand money from me saying it’s for her time I wasted when I was dating her. She even goes to my boss demanding that he gives her my monthly salary,” said Mathe.
Mathe pleaded with the court to protect him as he said Nyathi was disturbing his peace and threatening his relationship with his girlfriend.
In her defence, Nyathi said Mathe knew about her marital status from the time they started dating.
“When we started dating, he knew that I had a husband I was staying with and I also knew that he had a partner,” said Nyathi.
She didn’t dispute going to his home and workplace.
“My husband’s family wants to have a customary meeting with Mathe to see a way forward after he disrespected them by having a relationship with me. So I went to his house to inform him about that but he would hear none of it. That is why I ended up going to his workplace hoping he was going to see how serious I was,” she said.
The matter was heard before Western Commonage magistrate Urgent Vundla. He granted Mathe an interim protection order and ordered Nyathi not to verbally abuse Mathe, not to issue threats of violence and not to go to his workplace and home.