Schillo's maintenance fight
Mother of Bafana Bafana captain's daughter turns to British court in battle over maintenance
Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar is facing a maintenance battle in a British
court against the mother of his four-year-old daughter.
Danielle Steeneveld lost her fight against the 30-year-old Everton player in the South Gauteng High Court last month, where Judge Piet Meyer granted him a declaratory order confirming his “full parental responsibilities and rights”.
In his judgment, Meyer spoke of the suit that Steeneveld, who earns R5,000 a month as a “campaign manager”, filed against Pienaar in an English court to ask for an unspecified maintenance increase.
“(Steeneveld) initiated maintenance proceedings against (Pienaar) in a court in England. (Those) proceedings are . . . pending,” Meyer said.
And the amount Pienaar pays towards his child’s upkeep, the judge said, “remains a very real and heated dispute” between the former couple.
Pienaar’s legal woes mounted last week after he failed to appear in the Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, where a warrant for his arrest was issued. Pienaar, who drives an Aston Martin DBS, was caught speeding twice on the same road in two weeks. His car was photographed doing 70km/h and 61km/h, respectively, in a 48km/h zone.
On April 12 Meyer found in Pienaar’s favour, partly because Steeneveld was unable to prove that their child needed more than the player was providing for her.
Pienaar, who was raised in the Johannesburg neighbourhood of Westbury, offered to pay Steeneveld R12,000 a month.
On top of that, he guaranteed to pay the costs of an au pair and cover his daughter’s private school fees and medical expenses.
This offer was more than he and Steeneveld had agreed on three years ago, the judge found.
Until the matter was finalised, Pienaar paid Steeneveld £960 (R12,016) a month,
in addition to his daughter’s medical bills – but he did not pay for the au pair
or private schooling.
Meyer ruled that Steeneveld failed to “present any evidence that her daughter’s reasonable requirements exceeded those proposed by her ex-boyfriend”.
Pienaar left nothing to chance during his court battle and hired top advocate Wim Trengove to represent him.
Steeneveld previously sued Pienaar for about R11 million for breach of promise, claiming that he had reneged on his promise to marry her. She later dropped the case, but not before slapping him with a subpoena during the half-time break of an international friendly against Serbia in August 2009.
Although Steeneveld earns R5,000 a month, Pienaar reportedly earns £60,000 a week after his move from Everton to Tottenham Hotspur in January last year.
He is now back with Everton on loan.
Steeneveld could not be reached for comment and her lawyer, Henry Shields, refused to speak on her behalf. Pienaar’s business manager, Rob Moore, did not respond to several requests for comment sent by email and SMS. - City Press