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Polela in on-air spat over papgeld

By Zenoyise John | Sep 17, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 115 ]

Hawks spokesman and author McIntosh Polela's "baby mama drama" has got everyone talking after the mother of two of his six children embarrassed him live on radio.

Polela was engaged in a telephonic interview last Thursday with 702's Talk At Nine host, Eusebius McKaiser, to comment on why he had failed to pay child maintenance for January and July as well as his R2,500 monthly payment for September for his two children.

Polela - the author of My Father, My Monster - a memoir of his gripping tale of abusive upbringing - got the shock of his life when the mother called in and challenged him live on air.

Polela had come out with guns blazing on the show, criticising the woman - only known as Mpho - for going to the media and for taking her case to the DA for assistance.

"It's an orgy of voyeurism. I am only human. Sometimes you do fall short in a month," he said.

Mpho called in to the programme and screamed back at him, saying Polela had agreed to the amount he said he could afford.

He said on air: "Whether you go to the DA or elsewhere, McIntosh will pay," Mpho replied: "You say that every time."

Polela's problems are said to have started when he tweeted that he was thinking of buying a new Jeep, something that had angered Mpho.

Most callers to the show, some of them women, criticised Mpho for airing Polela's dirty linen in public.

They felt that Polela's lapsed maintenance payments should not be discussed in the public domain, something he agreed with.

Some men criticised Polela for not being a good example, especially due to the fact that he is a public figure.

When Sowetan contacted Polela about his radio interview, he said he had no comment.

"The matters of maintenance are no media business according to the law," he said.

COMMENTS [ 115 ]

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WordofGod

he misses one month, and she also misses a car installment for that month. dont budget with maintenance money
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True dat, did you guys see what Uyanda Mbuli was claiming from her husband, something like R 5000.00 a month for her weave. I would have told her akafundiswanga yimi to look fake like a barbie doll. Just imagine!

Sep 17, 2012 9:52 | 0 replies

Clearly none of you listened to that 702 interview.She said that she tried for 3 years to get him to maintain the kids,she even said that she had asked on several occasions to get his family to intervene.She also said that she did go to court where she was sent from pillar to post,after she went back to say that McIntosh wasnt honoring the maitanance order.She went to the DA for help after all this because the DA has a campiagn to help women in her situation.If you read the papers you'll know men in the Western Cape get arrested in road-blocks if they are behind on maitanance.To me she didnt sound bitter or jealous at all.She even said he decided the amount and it wasnt forced upon him.I like how she said that she has her own responsibilities towards the kids and he has his,which he is failing at.I command her for fighting for he kids and was mature about this whole thing on air.She didnt even attack him but addressed the maitanance isseue. its a pity other women will take a man's side on this issue instead of supporting a woman.

Sep 17, 2012 10:55 | 0 replies

Heard the entire interview.
Bad judgement on Polela's part to phone in - he just made it worse for himself.
He could also not justify his actions - for someone so eloquent normally, he wasn't very good when it came to his own defense - maybe because there was no defense and he was wrong?

Sep 17, 2012 11:1 | 0 replies

@RobinH.

You are beginning to sound like a furt. Oh I nearly forgot, you are one!!!
Hahaha Jerk Arse!!!

Sep 17, 2012 11:10 | 0 replies

With his publicisized upbringing you would expect him to prioritise his Kids as 2,5k can not raise the child but just to make sure they are maintained. Its far more expensive to raise a child. Also with his big mouth you expect better.

Sep 17, 2012 11:10 | 0 replies

Bino: WIth the greatest respect, do you think for one second I care at all what someone with attitudes like yours thinks of me. Don't make me laugh.

Sep 17, 2012 11:12 | 0 replies

@RobinH.

Oh!! I also suspect that you are suffering from Deliquency syndrome!!!
Go and get help b4 u become a useless doormat!

Sep 17, 2012 11:13 | 0 replies

Peegeezy

Clearly none of you listened to that 702 interview.She said that she tried for 3 years to get him to maintain the kids,she even said that she had asked on several occasions to get his family to intervene.She also said that she did go to court where she was sent from pillar to post,after she went back to say that McIntosh wasnt honoring the maitanance order.
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I don't believe this, if indeed it is the case then she needs to make whoever is responsible for her case being resolved accountable. courts are there to enforce our laws and if they fail she should have taken this up with the justice department. Going public is not the situation, the DA is grand standing and perhaps making a bad situation worse.

I commend arresting offenders but we need to be careful of nilly willy jailing of individuals, it is a fact that the maintenance system is used to settle scores. I am sure many women are after having the guy jailed rather than recovering what is outstanding. I don't think the DA is helping.

Sep 17, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies

also, he didnt even say that she was lying, this shows that he was the one who was lying on national radio.

Sep 17, 2012 11:20 | 0 replies

Peegeezy

Its a pity other women will take a man's side on this issue instead of supporting a woman.
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Shouldn't we be supporting the truth rather than drawing battle lines along gender?

It is a fact that some women use kids to trap, do you expect women to rally behind them simply because they are women even when what they are doing is wrong? Come on!

Sep 17, 2012 11:21 | 0 replies

@RobinH!
Hahahahahahahah!!!!!!!
So you think I care about your comments?

Think twice and transform yourself into a human so that you may enjoy being a God's image!!!!

wake up and make urself useful by making sound comment rather that creaming like a piglet!!!

Sep 17, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies