SA woman sues local girl in R1million marriage wrecking case
A distraught South African woman has taken out a R1 million lawsuit against a young local lady for wrecking her 10-year-marriage. Barely holding back tears Faith Gloria Archery (42)said her marriage to husband Andrew, the father of her two children, has broken down irretrievably after the young woman came onto the scene.
She has named Keabetswe Motlhabi in the case that is currently being held at a High Court in Pietermaritzburg. Relating her story to The Voice, Archery said her troubles began when her husband found a job in Botswana as a Site Manager at a Gaborone based building company.
“I was excited for him and never once did I think he would abandon us.” Andrew, a Durban native settled in Gaborone and would from time to time check on his family back in Pietermaritzburg. But the Gabz City bug finally bit, and Andrew’s trips to check on his family became few and far between.
“I subconsciously knew that something was wrong. I knew it was not going to be easy, but I didn’t expect our 10 year marriage to crumble at the first test,” Archery said. She added that she had known Andrew for 10 years before they got married.
“This is a man I have known for 20 years, and he is willing to throw all of that away for a young girl who is only after his money.” The concerned woman decided to pay her husband a visit in Botswana, saying that what she found when she got there shocked her to the bone.
“I found used condoms, and female garments in the house.” “He is staying with our 13-year-old son and I wonder how he survives in that house. It was only for the sake of my kids that I kept this to myself for so long, but I can’t take it anymore,” said Archery.
Faced with the realization that her husband was cheating, she set out to find who the girl was. “Somehow I managed to get her number and I confronted her. She told me to shut the f**k up,and brazenly told me that I will never see my husband again, adding that I was old and unattractive.”
Archery told The Voice that it was not the insults from the mistress that bothered her, but the fact that her husband did not show any remorse. “He threatened to leave me and even updated his Facebook status to ‘In a relationship.’ He took this girl for a holiday in Durban and pictures were uploaded on the girl’s FB account,” she said.
“How dare he bring this girl to Durban, to be seen by our friends and family.” Andrew’s 19-year-old daughter also picked up the “In a relationship” facebookstatus and confronted her father. “His response to our daughter was to stop paying her university fees. She was suspended for financial reasons.
“Who does that to their own daughter? He earns more than P20 000, but is failing to provide for his family while he is painting the town red. “I’m fed up and I’m suing him and his mistress. The case is being heard at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.”
Reached for comment Motlhabi denied any knowledge of Andrew. This is despite pictorial proof of her posing with Andrew’s best man who owns a lodge in Durban. “I don’t know what you are talking about. I only go to Durban because I’m a business person. I sell clothes. “I can’t remember which lodge I slept at. Are you seriously doing a story?” she asked.
In one of Motlhabi’sfacebook pictures, Andrew is seen posing with Motlhabi’s sister with a caption ‘Ba lwapa la me’ (my family). Efforts to get a comment from Andrew were futile. At the time of going to print he was said to be in Namibia and his phone rang unanswered and eventually went off-air.