DNA Shocker: Man Sues Zimbabwean Radio Presenter For R5.5 Million After Tests Reveal Child (12) Not His
A Zimbabwean man recently filed a massive R5.5 million lawsuit after paternity DNA tests revealed that he is not the biological father of his 12-year-old child.
The distraught man, Thulani “Javas” Sibanda, filed the massive lawsuit against radio presenter Babongile Sikhonjwa, the “real” father of the child. Javas filed the US$300 000 (R5.5 million) lawsuit to recover costs associated with the upkeep of the 12-year-old child.
Ironically, the fact that Javas is not the father of the child was revealed by his wife’s mother during a heated custody dispute.
Javas is currently embroiled in heated custody disputes with the child’s mother, who is in the United Kingdom.
A source close to the matter told the Sunday News,
“Javas is suing Babongile for US$300 000 for looking after the child for 12 years. The child’s grandmother recently reported Javas for contempt of court, alleging that he (Javas) denied her access to see the child.
“Then midway through the hearing during court set down, she stood up and said he (Javas) was not the father of the child and produced the DNA results.
“The prosecutor asked if people wanted to see the results, and everyone agreed and it was revealed that the DNA test was done on 1 May and it stated that there was a 99% chance that Sikhonjwa was the child’s father.
“On 12 October, the child’s grandmother approached the Magistrate Court and applied for custody. The matter was heard, but the magistrate dismissed the application on the grounds that they were supposed to apply for a variation of the current standing access order.
“Then they applied for variation from Access to Custody, and the case is due to be heard on 26 October.”
The outcome of this case may determine whether a man will be able to sue for damages associated with raising children from the biological fathers in cases of paternity fraud exposed by DNA tests.
Sikhonjwa declined to respond when reached for comment insisting that the case was before the courts. Javas, on the other hand, was not reachable.