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By unknown | Sep 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa will come face-to-face with his estranged son when he appears in the Johannesburg family court on November 6 in a maintenance case.

Nhlamulo Shilowa, 19, appeared in camera before magistrate Daniel Thulare yesterday in an action in which he is claiming R5000 a month maintenance from Shilowa "to cover my basic needs".

Magistrate Thulare ruled that the hearing be in camera because it was a "private" matter.

"What I want is for him to be a responsible father and look after me.

"He may not want anything to do with me, but I need him to take care of me and to pay for my studies," Nhlamulo said outside court afterwards.

Nhlamulo is the premier's son from a previous customary marriage to Caroline Rikhotso of Giyani, Limpopo.

Shilowa initially denied paternity and requested DNA tests in May to prove he was not the father. The DNA tests were released on September 7, proving he was indeed the father.

The court could not make a ruling yesterday after Shilowa's offer was considered too little by Nhlamulo.

Thulare advised Nhlamulo to seek legal representation for the next hearing.

Nhlamulo said he was disappointed that his father did not show up as he was looking forward to finally speaking to him in person.

"I am disappointed that he hasn't come forward to speak to me. There are some questions I would like to ask him," said Nhlamulo.

The last time father and son spoke was in August last year when Nhlamulo called him to ask him to pay for his tertiary education.

"He did not say much, but simply hung up on recognising my voice,"

Nhlamulo said.


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