WARRIORS captain Peter Ndlovu has been ordered by the Harare Civil Court to pay $2 million monthly to a Zimbabwean woman Amina Essof for child maintenance until results of a paternity test are
Ndlovu was also ordered to look after the educational requirements of the child.
Ndlovu is contesting the claim by Essof that he is the father of her nine-year-old daughter and has offered to meet the costs of a paternity test to be held in South Africa. Ndlovu was once married to Essof and the woman told the court yesterday they stayed together for five years in the United Kingdom when the player plied his trade there.
The court order is with effect from December 1.
Before yesterday’s ruling, Ndlovu was paying $500 000 for maintenance following an earlier ruling this year.
The court heard that after the breakup of the marriage the child stayed with Ndlovu’s parents in Bulawayo. The child is now living with Essof.
There was a heated argument between Ndlovu and Essof after the soccer star proposed they go for paternity tests.
Essof said she couldn’t believe the player was denying fathering the child after they stayed together for over five years.
Essof’s lawyer said the idea of paternity tests was “a scandalous attempt to escape responsibility” by Ndlovu.
The lawyer argued that Ndlovu was not as poor as he portrayed since he was seen donating money to charity organisations on several occasions. This, the lawyers argued, was meant to portray the Warriors captain as a philanthropist.
Essof’s lawyers said they had been battling for a review of the maintenance.