Ex-soldier divorces wife over conjugal rights

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A RETIRED soldier working for Mbada Diamonds yesterday filed for divorce against his wife of 28 years accusing her of denying him his conjugal rights for the past six years.

MTHANDAZO NYONI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Simon Moyo of Nkulumane 12 demanded an immediate divorce from his wife Rejoice Nyathi before provincial magistrate Victor Mpofu.

The two were customarily married in 1985 and have no children together. Moyo accused Nyathi of physical abuse, verbal abuse and being irresponsible and threatening his children from his second wife.

“She is trying to make me suffer. She has been troubling me a lot and this is why I am filing for divorce. I want the court to end our marriage,” Moyo said.

“After I realised that she was irresponsible, I decided to move out of the house and stay somewhere else. However, even though I have moved out of the house, I have continued supporting her. At first I used to give her cash directly, but because I wanted to avoid more quarrels, I started paying her through her relatives,” Moyo said.

In her defence, Nyathi said Moyo was lying. She asked the court to award her the house in Cowdray Park and order the sale of another house in Emganwini and they share the money equally.

She also asked the court to grant her equal share of everything else they own.

In his affidavit, Moyo said on October 29 at around 7pm, he received a message from his colleagues that Nyathi had moved property from their Emganwini house.

“I went there accompanied by Constable Muleya, (and) she refused to open the gate. I went again on October 30 at around 7pm and I was accompanied by Constable Chimumba. She opened the gate for us and we discovered that the bathroom tub and kitchen sink had been vandalised and thrown out of the house,” part of the affidavit reads.

Mpofu ruled that the case would be further heard on December 3.