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LATE SENATOR JIMMY’S WIFE RUNS TO COURT

By ANDILE NSIBANDE | 2021-02-23

High Court A dispute has arisen over assets of the late Senator Jimmy Hlophe within a few weeks after his death. Hlophe, who was a Senator, recently died of COVID-19, only a few months after assuming his seat in what was a hard fought and much publicised race. While his family was still grieving over his sudden death, a fight has erupted over his assets, which include a tractor and a motor vehicle among others. As a result, his wife Elizabeth Nonhlanhla Hlophe has run to court seeking an order interdicting a woman who had an affair with the late senator from continuing to withdraw money from the legislator's bank account. The affair between Bonisile Gwebu and the late senator has been going on for years while his civil rites marriage still subsisted. Information gathered from court papers indicates that the woman had been staying with the late Hlophe after he traditionally wedded her behind the back of his wife. It was gathered that the man was staying with his mistress at Sigcineni. Because Hlophe had not divorced his first wife, according to the law, she is still entitled to everything the senator had as assets. In her court papers, Elizabeth argued that she was still a beneficiary of her late husband's assets. She said Section 20 of the Administration of Estates Act allowed her to be legally entitled to Hlophe's assets. She told the court that she wanted to assume her position as the administrator of his estate. The court learnt that it was after she realised that a substantial amount of money was being withdrawn from her late husband's bank account that she stood her ground and initiated the court move to recover the assets. Apart from the late legislator's bank documents, Elizabeth also wants to recover a tractor and a motor vehicle belonging to her late husband, which she discovered was being advertised for sale on social media by one Andile Hlophe. Information gathered was that one of the late senator's sons, who was identified as Andile, was behind the advert. Among the reliefs sought by the woman is the stoppage of the supposed sale of the vehicle. The matter is expected to be heard at the High Court this morning after the widow's attorneys filed an urgent application. The respondents in the matter are yet to file their opposing papers. The applicant is represented by Mbabane lawyer Noncedo Ndlangamandla.

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