Businessman Philip Chiyangwa has been taken to court by his ex-wife Pamela Rusere for failing to pay maintenance and school fees for the two minor children.
Court documents show that the estranged couple’s children have been dismissed from a school in South Africa over fees arrears.
In her application for correction and variation of the maintenance order at the High Court, Rusere accused Chiyangwa of ignoring her messages informing him the children’s fees were due. Said Rusere:
The minor children have now been dismissed from school as the grace period has lapsed and, therefore, are not attending school and this is taking a toll on them and affecting them psychologically as the dismissal is embarrassing for them and interfering with their right to education which is a constitutionally entrenched right.
The children are suffering irreparable harm and prejudice, each day that they are not in school as they will not have a chance to catch up on any class that they have missed.
Chiyangwa asked the court for a variation of his $40 000 maintenance to $8 000, which was granted in default.
But Rusere said Chiyangwa was refusing to pay maintenance and school fees for the minor children on the pretext that the payment of maintenance was stayed by the High Court.
Rusere is challenging the variation and is seeking an order compelling Chiyangwa to continue paying the $40 000 monthly maintenance pending the variation appeal.