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Widow regains house

By unknown | Mar 23, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

A Limpopo woman who refused to let the widow of her late common law wife into his house in Namakgale near Phalaborwa has finally moved out.

The 48 -year-old Bapakiyeng Jane Mohlala, vacated the house last Thursday after she had resisted leaving for the past three weeks.

Since the death of the owner Piet Sebopela, 67, last month, house number 2140 in Namakgale's Maswikeng section had became a bone of contention between his common law wife and the woman he had stayed with for the past 18 years.

Soon after Sebopela's death, Mohlala allegedly refused the deceased's wife, Elisabeth Sebopela, access to the house.

Mohlala claimed the house belonged to her equally because she had lived in the house with the deceased.

But on Thursday Mohlala surprised everyone when she moved out of the house without a fight.

Sowetan has learnt on good authority that her lawyer advised her to move after the Master of the high court in Polokwane appointed Sebopela the executrix of the deceased's estate.

Mohlala's lawyer reportedly advised her that she could be arrested for contempt of court if she continued to stay in the house.

Mohlala's lawyer, Topsy Rathete, yesterday confirmed that his client had moved out of the house.

But a day after she moved out, another brouhaha erupted between the two women. This was after Mohlala allegedly removed all the furniture from the house before vacating it.

Sebopela yesterday claimed the furniture that Mohlala took belonged to her and the deceased and that Mohlala had no right to remove it.

Both women claim to have been married to Sebopela under customary law with proof from the tribal authority.


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