The High Court has barred Norton MP Temba Mliswa (Independent) from sending his two children to cheap government schools, saying he could afford fees at private institutions.
Mliswa had challenged a 2016 ruling by the magistrates’ court directing him to pay $8 000 for maintenance plus fees at a private school for the children he bred with Cynthia Mugwira.
Mliswa and his estranged girlfriend have been in constant legal battles over the upkeep of their children.
He appealed against the school fees order, claiming he could only afford to send his children to a government institution.
But High Court judges of appeal Justices Neville Wamambo and Emilia Muchawa said Mliswa did not give convincing reasons why his application should be granted. The said:
It was, however, clear to the same (lower) court that at the end of the day he can afford the fees at the named school.
There was also an averment which appellant did not dispute that one of the minor children has special needs which were being met at Hellenics Primary School. The learned trial magistrate was cognisant that essentially he was guided by the best interests of the children.
It was also discovered that Mliswa had several potential sources of income, including two houses in South Africa, the Shumba Murena Family Trust, Saltlakes Holdings Private Limited, among others.
The judges also added that $8 000 was hardly enough to even take care of one child under the current economic situation.
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