No way out: Court allows woman to send divorce summons to 'lost' husband via WhatsApp

No way out: Court allows woman to send divorce summons to 'lost' husband via WhatsApp

- A woman has been asking for a divorce from her husband for months

- She does not know where he is, although they are in contact telephonically

- A court has ruled that she can send him divorce summons via WhatsApp

A woman has been granted permission to send her "lost" husband divorce summons via WhatsApp. gathered that the woman, from Theresa Park in Pretoria, has been living separately from her husband for six years.

The woman's identity cannot be revealed by law and she is known only as "M." The husband is also known only as "F."

Representational image. Source: Reuters

Representational image. Source: Reuters

According to, M does not know where her husband is and is only in contact with him on WhatsApp.

She asked him for a divorce more than six months ago but he has not shown up to sign the papers despite promising to do so.

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As a last resort, M approached a court of law. Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela ruled that M could send F the divorce summons via WhatsApp as a PDF file attachment.

Judge Maumela also ordered that the summons be published in a major newspaper. If F failed to respond within 20 days, M would proceed with the divorce without his consent.

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In her court papers, M wrote:

I could gather from the messages that he is living a nomadic life, without employment and begging for food to stay alive. He left no address when he left home.

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