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For the past 12 years a Mpumalanga police officer has been supporting a child who is not his.
Two years ago when he joined the SAPS he started paying R500 a month in maintenance - but this month, after having doubts about the child's paternity, he asked the mother to have paternity test done.
To Merwe Hlongwane's relief the results came back negative, proving that he was in fact paying for a child that was not his.
Now Hlongwane wants his money back and is determined to see justice done by suing his ex-girlfriend.
Hlongwane, 32, of Rolle in Bushbuckridge, says he has been supporting another man's child since 1996.
Though he suspected from the beginning that he was not the child's father, he decided to support the child because he had no evidence to the contrary.
The mother of the child, Charlotte Nxumalo, 31, constantly demanded money from him.
"She has never, since the child's birth, discussed the future of the child with me," Hlongwane says.
"But when she heard I had joined the SAPS she started demanding R1 000 a month from me. But I could only afford R500.
"This month we went to Medi-Clinic for a paternity test. The results came back negative. As a result we took the girl to the Department of Home Affairs to have her surname changed.
"I won't let her get away with it. I also want to send a message to women who are doing business with their children.
"So I am taking her to court."
Hlongwane says he and the "mother of his child" broke up in 1998, two years after the child was born.
All attempts to reach the woman were unsuccessful. Her cellphone was also switched off.