The 17 year old marriage of Galalea Setshwantsho, 49, and his wife Dorcus, 40, was officially ended on Monday by Kgosi Oleyo Ledimo after the husband claimed that his wife always brought STDs from her official trips.
Setshwantsho told court that his wife who works as a Supplies Officer at North West District Council (NWDC) would leave their matrimonial home on official duty and that upon return she would be suffering from STDs. He said it was proof enough that she was sleeping with other men during her trips.
Setshwantsho further told the court that in 2008 his wife developed an unusual behaviour of not performing her household chores as she used to. He said that when they got their gratuities at their respective jobs, he asked her to help in financing for their farm but she refused.
“I fenced our ploughing field and did plough all at cost of P22 800 but she failed to sell what we sow there, everything went to waste because of her.”
He said that though his wife came with the plan of having a farm, she never set her foot in it. When the family experienced some financial problems, Setshwantsho told court that he confronted his wife about her gratuity but she told him that she spent it on clothes out of anger.
“She hosted a party which I was not even told of, I learnt after going to the bank that she withdrew my money and hosted a party for her friends with it and that is theft,” he fumed.
The Letsholathebe Hospital driver said that there was a time they were summoned by teachers where one of their daughters was studying because of her naughty behaviour but Dorcus as the mother failed to take action.
He accused his wife for disagreeing with him when he wanted to tell children which channels to watch and not to watch on television.
“We were supposed to set bedtime for our children and the type of television channels to watch but she differed with me. I was doing it because our 16 year old girl is getting out of order.”
Dorcus who had initiated the divorce could only say that her husband was sleeping around and she wanted out of the marriage.
She gave an example of a child that her husband had with another woman while the two were married.
Her husband did not contest the divorce and they also divided their property well without arguments.
Dorcus got their home and property on it, a car, and 10 cows, six goats while Setshwantsho got 10 cows, six goats, borehole, farm and another car.
Custody of their two children was given to Dorcus but Setshwantsho was granted visiting rights.