Wife sues 'mistress'

By Monica Laganparsad Time of article published Nov 14, 2006

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A Durban woman who divorced her husband after he had an extra-marital affair is suing his "mistress" for the emotional distress caused by the break-up of their 28-year marriage.

Helena Greyling divorced her husband, Jochemus Greyling, last year after she learnt of the affair between him and Beverley Walker, a secretary at Barlow World in New Germany.

Now, Greyling is suing Walker for R80 000 in damages for the emotional and personal distress as a result of the adulterous relationship.

In court papers, Greyling said Walker had at all times been aware that Jochemus was a married man.

She said Walker wrongfully and unlawfully alienated the affection of her husband by "enticing" him to desert her (Greyling) and commit adultery.

Walker, in response, has denied the allegations that she enticed Jochemus.

While she admitted having a relationship with him, she said his marriage had "irretrievably" broken down before she began her relationship with Jochemus.

The matter will be heard in the Pinetown Regional Court on Tuesday.

Two months ago, in a similar case, the Pietermaritzburg High Court awarded a woman R75 000 in damages - to be paid by her husband's lover.

Kamintha Gounder sued Kamini Greadie for R200 000, but the R75 000 Gounder was eventually awarded by the court was confirmed as the highest sum obtained against someone who has contributed to the break-up of a marriage in South Africa.

The court heard evidence of how Greadie pursued Gounder's husband, even while the couple attempted to reconcile their marriage.

In her papers Gounder said Greadie unlawfully and wrongfully enticed, persuaded or coaxed Anand to lose his love and affection for Gounder.

Greadie gave birth to Anand's daughter in January 2003.

The court found as a result of Greadie's conduct, Gounder had suffered injury to her name, dignity, reputation, feelings and mental tranquillity.

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