A top PSL club owner's son and retired soccer player has been slapped with a hefty spousal and child maintenance bill by the South Gauteng High Court in Jozi following his divorce from his wife of seven years.
The former player was also ordered by the court to award half of his pension contributions, other savings and retirement funds, and half of his property portfolios to his ex-wife.
To top it all, in her judgment given on January 22, acting judge Elmarie van der Schyff noted that the man had allegedly spent a staggering R6-million in legal fees trying to secure sole custody of his kids, claiming that his estranged wife was mentally unstable.
However, in the judgment seen by Sunday World, Van der Schyff dismissed his claims, including that his wife was abusive and aggressive, stating that the claims could not be substantiated and were also not supported by his founding affidavit.
He had also argued in his affidavit that he should be granted sole custody of his kids because the mother had no job and could not support their kids and sustain the lifestyle they were accustomed to .
But these claims were also dismissed by the judge.
Van der Schyff indicated that there appeared to be no sign that the wife was mentally unstable.
The judge instead stated that she was impressed with the way his former wife answered some of the questions during cross-examination.
According to the judgment, the man was ordered to pay more than R9500 per month for each child's maintenance.
This means that the former player would have parted with almost R500000 a year in papgeld for the two kids, conservatively taking it to more than R4-million by the time they turn 18.