Despite paternity questions‚ husband to pay bail for baby Siwaphiwe’s mom
Jeff Wicks And Nathi Olifant | 2017-03-15 12:21:11.0
Christopher Mbambo and his wife Sibongile leave the Durban Magistrates court on 15 March 2017, after he posted her bail of R1000.
Image by: JACKIE CLAUSEN
The man who thought he was the father of baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo will post bail for her mother‚ even though her secret affair has been thrust into the spotlight.
The Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday heard that S’bongile Mbambo and her lover Phumlani Mbokazi would face charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice. An earlier charge of kidnapping was withdrawn.
Mbambo’s lawyer‚ Mfanafuthi Biyela‚ said that her husband‚ Christopher‚ would post her R1‚000 bail.
The married couple walked out of court together soon after he posted bail. In his hand was a plastic bag with his wife’s belongings. S’bongile Mbambo still had a scarf covering her face from chasing photographers. Her husband and relatives whisked her away in a Toyota Corolla.
Outside court 10‚ where the matter was heard‚ neither Biyela nor Christopher Mbambo would comment on the paternity of one-month-old Siwaphiwe.
Before walking away‚ an angry Mbambo said‚ “I have nothing to say. This is my family we’re talking about.”
Mbokazi’s family‚ who were also approached outside court following the decision‚ said: “We are not talking.”
Mbokazi himself was nowhere to be seen.
NPA spokesman Natasha Ramkissoon-Kara said that it was not in the State’s interests to pursue the kidnapping charge.
She refused to answer whether or not this decision had to do with the hotly contested paternity issue‚ with Mbokazi claiming to be the father and his lawyer asking for a paternity test.
The court ruled that the Family Court would handle the paternity issue.