- A man has won a court battle against his former girlfriend
- The lotto winner, Ntsieni Morris Kgopana, allegedly promised his ex a portion of his R20 million winnings in a WhatsApp message
- However, the court ruled in Kgopana's favour and his ex-bae is not getting a cent
A Limpopo man who won R20 million in the National Lottery in 2015 defended his winnings in court.
The lotto winner, Ntsieni Morris Kgopana, promised his baby mama and former bae a portion of the winnings in a WhatsApp message and the lady wanted to collect.
According to justice.gov.za, Kgopana wrote in the message to Ms Mohlaki Rosina Matlala:
"If I get R20 million, I can give all my children R1 million and remain with R13m. I will just stay at home and not driving up and down looking for tenders."
Matlala held Kgopana to his WhatsApp promise and they former lovers, who broke up in 2003, went to court over the matter.
According to legal documents, the had to decide whether the message constituted an offeranimo contrahendi - meaning it is an officer which could be accepted as a contract.
Briefly.co.za learned Kgopana had little to no contact with the child he shared with Matlala, however, he did pay her R1000 maintenance a month.
The father of seven then told Matlala that he had health issues and could no longer work at SARS. He told the former girlfriend that he's expected to receive a R600 000 pension payout and will offer R100 000 of it as a final child support payment.
Matlala reported accept the R100 000 but heard Kgopana won R20.8 million in the lotto - which he denied at the time.
Seven months later, on 7 September, 2016, Matlala issued summons against her baby daddy, claiming a further R900 000.
However, the court ruled in favour of Kgopana after it was determined that his message did not contain an offer which Matlala could have accepted and therefore is not a contract.
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