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Johannesburg - “Remember, girls, don’t get mad, get everything” were the lines uttered by Ivana Trump in the 1996 movie The First Wives Club. And it’s a line that sums up a South African socialite’s war to get even.
This is a war documented in papers filed in the Johannesburg High Court last month, which The Star has seen. They show a woman on the warpath, demanding that her estranged husband pay her back the R190 000 that the court had ordered him to provide for the upkeep of their home and which she has had to fork out of her own pocket.
The money was for, among other things, the domestic worker, the gardener, the DStv connection and her car instalments, plus insurance and spousal support.
The divorce order granted last year stipulated that the man must pay his wife R7 500 a month, R600 for DStv, R2 500 for the domestic worker, her medical aid contributions, R5 600 for her car instalments, R900 for her insurance contributions and the gardener’s wage.
According to the woman, her husband has not paid the domestic worker for 11 months and is now in arrears of R13 750. The DStv has allegedly also not been paid for four months, for which he owes R2 396. She also accused him of failing to reimburse her the R16 500 she has paid towards medical aid so far.
“I was left with no alternative but to join a medical scheme for my own account at a monthly cost of R1 500. The respondent has failed to reimburse me for my medical aid payments and is in arrears in the amount of R16 500.
“The respondent has failed to make payments for the instalments of the Saab motor vehicle of R5 573.85 from August 2012 to June 2013 and has also failed to make payments of the monthly insurance premiums of R900 in respect to the said vehicle and is in arrears of R71 212.35.”
The man had also been ordered to pay R5 000 towards the legal costs and, according to the court documents, he has not paid a cent since the order was granted and was now in arrears of R8 250.
The woman approached the court that had initially granted the order.
“I respectfully request the registrar of the above honourable court to cause the warrant of execution to be issued to recovery of the total amount of R189 311.57 plus interest thereon at the rate of 15.5 percent per annum a tempora morae plus the fees and disbursements of this warrant of execution,” she said.
The Star tried, unsuccessfully, to get hold of the socialite.