|R2 divorce token stirs laughter in court|
|Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00|
A HARARE woman yesterday left the court in stitches when she produced a R2 coin as evidence of her divorce token and therefore required maintenance from her former husband. Kudzai Tsanganyadzo had brought Simbarashe Choga to Harare Civil Court where she was claiming US$220 for the upkeep of their child.
“This coin serves to inform the court that this man divorced me. He called me one day to check for an envelope in the house we were living in and take to my parents,” said Tsanganyadzo.
“He said he no longer loves me and it was enough evidence to my parents. At the moment I am taking care of his child when he is spending all the money alone. He earns enough money, which he can use to take care of the child. He is not yet married and has no other children.”
In his defence, Choga said Tsanganyadzo left the matrimonial home after hearing rumours of infidelity.
“She left our home on her own and this coin did not come from me. She listened to other people who were lying to her.”
“I can afford to pay US$40 as maintanance since I have other responsibilities to take care of,” he said.
In her ruling, magistrate Ms Vongai Muchuchuti also had the gallery in stiches when she advised the woman to take care of the coin.
“Please take good care of the coin and you might want to use it again in the future.
“After an assessment of evidence produced in court the applicant (Tsanganyadzo) should get US$80 for the upkeep of the child. It is a shared responsibility to take care of the child,” she said.