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'your late hubby had wife no 2'

By unknown | May 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

A widow is in distress after being told she has to share her husband's pension fund with his other wife.

And her late husband's employers, Eskom, are refusing to disclose the identity or whereabouts of the mystery benefactor.

Zanele Mnisi, of Mayflower in Mpumalanga, said yesterday: "Eskom officials insist the mystery woman was also married to my husband and that he even produced a married certificate to prove it."

"But they refused to prove to me that indeed my husband was married to this woman. They say it will be a violation of his confidentiality."

Mnisi had been married to Jonas Mnisi, who died in 2006, for more than 20 years.

Eskom yesterday told Sowetan: "The process of nominating beneficiaries is private and cannot be interfered with in one way or another by our management.

"According to our human resources process, employees are at liberty to nominate whoever they see fit as beneficiaries.

"But the company is not in a position to reveal personal information to third parties."

Mnisi told Sowetan that she and her late husband got married in 1978.

"And as far as I am concerned there was no other woman in my husband's life except for me and our four children. This is really shocking," she said.

As a result of this, Mnisi and the mystery woman both share R2731 a month.

Zanele said her efforts to persuade Eskom officials to tell her exactly who was getting her husband's money drew a blank.

"I even went to their head office to complain but this could not help as they insist that it is not their style to reveal their employees' confidential details," she said.

"How can they say I am not entitled to know something that belongs to my husband?

"What's mine is his and what's his is mine. That is what we pledged when we exchanged vows in community of property in 1978," she added.


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