- Bitter divorce leaves ex-soldier homeless
- House sold for a song to pay ex-wife
A retired soldier has been left homeless following the forced sale of his house to pay off a divorce settlement.
Thabang Modisane, 47, of Phaphane ward in Mochudi village in the Kgatleng District failed in his desperate attempted to stop the sale of his property this week and is now sleeping in his car.
“The Sherriff told me that the house was sold for P100 000, but it is worth far more than that. I know that it could have been bought for at least half a million. I have so far managed to raise P60 000 and I was hoping to pay part of my dues so I could save the house, but unfortunately it seems to be too late,” said a dejected Modisane.
He nevertheless has not given up on the fight to regain his house and is planning to engage a lawyer to make an urgent application to stop the new owner from occupying the property.
Thabang failed to pay a P100 000 settlement which was due in May 2009. The money was for his ex wife, Esther Modisane’s share in the up-market two-bedroomed property.
Commenting on the sale, Deputy Sheriff Joseph Kokeletso of the Francistown High Court said: “The house has a new owner. As a messenger of court I have to execute my duties. The house sale was advertised in some local newspapers and in the Government Gazette. It was unfortunate that he failed to save it from sale.”
Esther and Thabang married in 2003 and the wife applied for a divorce in 2008, which was granted. She cited verbal and physical abuse as the reasons for breaking her marriage.
Having retired a year earlier in 2007, and spent his retirement package, Thabang said he could not raise the P100 000 within a year because he did not have any source of income.
He said when he left the army he had hoped to start a new life as a farmer.
“I bought a car and developed my mother’s field hoping to go into cattle ranching. But the money was not that much so I could not stock any cattle. My wife then left the house and got custody of our child.
“The divorce hit me when I was least expecting it and now I am losing the valuable property I worked so hard to build. It has left me homeless and sleeping in a car all because of a failed marriage,” he said.
Meanwhile his ex-wife, Esther said the man had brought the loss upon himself when he failed to cooperate with the court.
“I am not rejoicing at this turn of events, but there was nothing I could have done in this case. Thabang did not make any effort to make payments of the divorce settlement. He was stubborn and did not cooperate with the court.
The court exhausted all procedures in this matter and the house was sold as a last resort,” she explained.