The child maintenance case against EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu is back in court where his ex-girlfriend is demanding an increased payment from R2 000 to R5 000 per month.
Shivambu allegedly ignored the summons to appear in the Randburg Maintenance Court on February 12 and 13. The flamboyant EFF MP has offered to fork out an undisclosed amount of money, but it is less than the mother of his five-year-old son is demanding, her lawyer, Amanda Vilakazi, said.
In November last year, a Johannesburg model, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, took the case to the Randburg Maintenance Court which ordered Shivambu to pay R2 000 per month.
Prior to the ruling, Shivambu had repeatedly publicly denied he had fathered the child, saying he had never even met the mother. But the results of paternity tests presented in the same court at the time proved that Shivambu had sired the child.
Vilakazi said this week that Shivambu had sometimes paid the R2 000 late, not on the first day of every month as ordered by the court.
“He has not yet paid for last month,” said Vilakazi.
“My client suffers emotionally. She has been the only responsible parent, covering every expense for the upkeep of the child. She now wants to share the responsibility with Floyd.”
Vilakazi said Shivambu and his lawyer, advocate Andries Nkome, made an offer on Wednesday for a monthly payment below R5 000.
“I cannot reveal the amount they offered to pay. I will ask the client if she accepts the offer and if she doesn’t, we will go back to court,” she added.
Nkome disputed that Shivambu ignored the summons, saying an agreement had been reached between the two parties that Shivambu would not appear in court and that he would be represented by counsel.
“I sent my associate to court to represent my client,” he said.
Shivambu was not available for comment.