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Kgantsi's marriage crumbles

By unknown | Sep 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vusi Ndlovu

Vusi Ndlovu

It never rains but pours for Portia Kgantsi.

The disgraced former senior state prosecutor, who was attached to the National Prosecuting Authority, could soon be getting divorce papers while in prison.

Her defence lawyer, Advocate Johan Pretorius, submitted at the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday in mitigation of sentence that Kgantsi's husband, David Moepi, wanted a divorce.

This was after Judge Ezra Goldstein sentenced her to 10 years in prison for fraud and corruption. Kgantsi, 40, took bribes from awaiting trial Nigerian nationals, John Afolabi and Djirbil Issa Mohamedou, who were also arrested for fraud.

This submission added stress to her elderly father, Morwe Kgantsi, 69, who was in court throughout the trial.

"I don't know how I am going to cope. I am a pensioner and my wife is also a pensioner. I pay for her children's school fees with my pension. The last time Portia's husband came to see the children was in December," Kgantsi's father said outside court.

He said that was the first time he heard about the impending divorce. Kgantsi has three children aged 12, six and four.

Her father said the family was still to decide whether to appeal her sentence.


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