FOR the past 18 years Matlaletsa Makhunoane has prided himself on being the father of a bright daughter. But he got the shock of his life after DNA tests recently proved he could not have fathered the child he has maintained for almost two decades.
Now 38-year-old Makhunoane wants to sue his childhood lover, Mampole Mofokeng, for her subterfuge. He wants her to return about R60000 he spent on the upkeep of the girl, who is now in matric. His old sweetheart lives near his home in Residentia township, Vaal. She fell pregnant at 16 and, 20 years old at the time, he had to look for a job.
"Our affair never lasted but I looked after the child. In 2004 she took me to the maintenance court and made me pay R300 a month," Makhunoane said.
His mother, Mamokete Maseko, said she had had serious doubts from the day she first saw the child.
"I told my eldest sister that the child did not look anything like my son but she suppressed me."
Rumours that Makhunoane was not the father started spreading soon after the baby was born.
"When the child was two months old, a gun-toting man from Western Cape came looking for my son, saying he was sleeping with his woman. I had to calm him down because I didn't want my son to die over nothing," Maseko said.
Makhunoane ignored his mother's suspicions for years, but decided to undergo DNA tests when Mofokeng approached the court in April to have maintenance increased to R1000 a month.
The results came back: "The probability of Makhunoane being the biological father of Dikeledi Mofokeng is 0percent."
But Mofokeng remains unperturbed. "As far as I'm concerned he is the father. I didn't have any other partner when I fell pregnant. I don't care what the DNA tests indicate," she said.