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A POLICE inspector sighed with relief when DNA tests proved that he did not father a child he was forced to maintain for five years.
But the euphoria of Inspector Boikie Khumalo (not his real name) turned to shock when the results also proved that his secret girlfriend, Elsie Ntimane, was not the child's biological mother.
He said Ntimane, 37, had fallen pregnant in March 2002.
"I am certain she was pregnant. I saw her with my own eyes. Even my mother saw her. That is why I didn't resist when she approached the family court to claim maintenance money from me," said Khumalo.
The policeman, who is based in Pretoria and had been paying R400 a month maintenance, demanded paternity tests after a suspicious relative of his former lover warned him.
"We went for tests on two separate days. On both occasions she brought a girl she insisted was our daughter," he said.
Records at the Johannesburg family court confirm that the pair had twice undergone tests at the national health laboratory. Both times they were excluded as the girl's parents.
"I can't believe this woman's nerve," the livid policeman said. "Apart from the maintenance money she used to demand clothing and medical expenses. She once demanded R2000 for the girl's ancestral ceremony."
Ntimane's landlady in Mamelodi West, Pretoria, said the woman had lived in her yard for seven years.
"She only paid rent for three months. After settling in she turned against us and refused to pay rent," said the woman, who asked not to be identified.
We tracked Ntimane to Refilwe township, near Cullinan, north-eastern Gauteng. The frail woman blamed her ancestors for her paternity problems.
"My ancestors swapped our blood to punish me for being arrogant," Ntimane said.