- Jacob Zuma's issues seem to be piling up after his wife Thobeka Madiba-Zuma reportedly filed for divorce
- A report detailed how Madiba-Zuma filed papers in the Pietermaritzburg High Court
- This comes after the estranged wife of the ex-president applied to receive R14 000 in maintenance
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Former president Jacob Zuma seems to constantly be in and out of court with a divorce apparently on the card. His wife, Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, has reportedly filed for a divorce from the politician at the Pietermaritzburg High Court to end their customary marriage.
The couple married in 2010 in Nkandla with a traditional ceremony uniting them before their separation last year.
Madiba-Zuma was banned from entering Zuma's compound after being accused of taking his SIM cards without permission while he had been in Cuba for medical treatment.
The Sunday World report detailed how sources close to Madiba-Zuma revealed that her legal team had filed papers to end the marriage.
This had reportedly been due to Zuma losing interest in her and the realisation that the chances of salvaging their relationship were slim. This comes despite Madiba-Zuma being advised against divorcing so that she could benefit from the benefits of being a first lady.
These benefits include security and personnel allocated to her, but the woman believes that she is self-sufficient and would be able to survive without these benefits.
Despite the strong move, the report indicated that Madiba-Zuma is contemplating withdrawing the proceedings because she is allegedly convinced that those near to her believe that she will be able to resolve her relationship issues.
News24 reported that Madiba-Zuma had taken Zuma to a Durban Magistrate's Court where she had demanded R14 000 maintenance a month for their 14-year-old child. However, this matter was postponed in a bid to give both parties an opportunity to reach a settlement.
Zuma's lawyer, Eric Mabuza, claimed that he was unaware of the impending divorce proceedings against his client.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had approved a request to issue a summons against Zuma, legally compelling him to appear before the State Capture Inquiry.
This comes after Zuma had bowed out of his last expected appearance, citing health issues in addition to preparations for his upcoming corruption trial. Nevertheless, Zondo has set a 'non-negotiable' date for later in November for the ex-president to appear.
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