JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo almost spent a night in police cells after he allegedly assaulted a Jozi Sheriff of the Court official who was trying to serve him his divorce summons.
Khumalo’s wife Nolly Blanche Khumalo (née Garises) has blown a final whistle on their marriage of eight years after accusing him of being emotionally abusive and a player who plays the field.
We can also reveal that the divorce will set him back almost a whopping R15 million. Khumalo will pay R30 000 per month towards his wife’s maintenance and R15 000 for their six-year-old child.
The two walked down the aisle in Namibia, where Nolly was born, in a lavish wedding in 2007. They exchanged vows in the second leg of their wedding which was attended by among others Gauteng MEC (Member of Executive Council) for Education Panyaza Lesufi, Mdu Masilela and Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung.
Khumalo confirmed his wife filed for divorce and that a Jozi Sheriff of the Court opened a case of assault against him, but maintained that he did not assault anyone.
He said he had been in his office at home when the Sheriff of the Court official walked in unannounced and asked him to sign the summons.
“I asked him who he was and told him that he had no right to come into my house and order me to sign the summons. I told him that he should follow the procedure by going to the security guards at the gates to search him first before coming into my house.
When he refused I marshalled him out of the house and, to my surprise, he opened a case of assault against me.
“I think my wife is the one who opened the gate for him because apparently this man phoned me several times the previous day and when he couldn’t find me he thought I was avoiding him,” he said.
Khumalo said he handed himself over to the Douglasdale Police Station the following day after the police phoned him to do so.
“I told the police what had happened and they phoned this guy. After a few minutes this guy phoned me and said he was no longer willing to proceed with the case and withdrew it. I really did not beat him up. I’m not capable of doing that,” Khumalo said.
Commenting on his wife’s allegations about why she is divorcing him, he said: “I really can’t comment on the cheating part, but I think she thinks that I was abusing her emotionally because of some differences when it comes to making certain decisions.
But what I can tell you is that we still live together in the same house and share the same bedroom,” he said.
Khumalo laughed when asked about the maintenance amounts he should pay to his wife and child. “Well no comment on that too,” he said.
The provisional maintenance court order, which will form part of the divorce settlement, seen by Sunday World reads in part: “The defendant pays maintenance to the plaintiff on or before the first day of each month by debit order into the plaintiff’s designated bank account, in the amount of R30 000 per month until death or remarriage”.
This means that Khumalo will pay his wife R360 000 a year in maintenance and would have paid R11,5 million by the time she turned 75 years.
Khumalo’s wife declined to comment. “I don’t discuss my private or personal life in the media. You rather speak to Doctor because he is the one who is a public figure, not me,” she said.
– Sunday World