Ntombipindile Khumalo

Prison officer in adultery storm

Gibson Mhaka
AN allegedly condom-hating principal prison officer stationed at Mhlahlandlela Government Complex in Bulawayo double-crossed his wife who is also a prison officer with a subordinate.

The senior prison officer Wonder Chipondeni’s adulterous relationship with his alleged mistress-cum-subordinate Ntombipindile Khumalo (ABOVE) is blessed with a child.

Wonder and Khumalo’s relationship was exposed at the Bulawayo Civil Court where Ruth Chipondeni demanded $10 000 from Khumalo as adultery damages.

Ruth and Wonder are married in terms of the Marriages Act Chapter 5:11 and their marriage was solemnised in February 2008.

In her suit, Ruth claimed sometime in September 2012, Khumalo fell in love with her husband and the two committed adultery on several occasions resulting in Khumalo falling pregnant.

Ruth said the adulterous relationship caused “immeasurable” embarrassment to her in the small community of Khami Prison Complex where they stay.

“The adulterous relationship brought a great deal of matrimonial disharmony in my marriage and it has also resulted in the defendant (Khumalo) falling pregnant and my husband planting a child out of wedlock. As a result I am demanding $10 000 for adultery damages,” reads part of the suit.

Ruth further claimed her husband now opts to spend his quality time and money with Khumalo.

“Each time he gets paid, he usually goes away for three days and came back home empty-handed.

“Although, I am a senior prison officer, Khumalo, who is yet to be promoted, is no longer respecting the rank that I hold specifically because we share the same husband,” fumed Ruth.

The “heavily” pregnant Ruth further said she no longer enjoys the full fruits of her marriage because they now use condoms.

She said the reason why she was demanding protection was that her husband has been cheating on her.

Asked how she got pregnant when they were using protection with her husband, a seemingly cornered Ruth said her husband had tricks.

“I fell pregnant because my husband was in the habit of piercing or pricking the condoms. There is a certain time when I saw some sperms on me after the condom burst during intercourse. When I confronted him he told me that he deliberately pierced the condom because he paid lobola for me.

“We are using protection because he refused to go for HIV testing. At times he was also removing condoms,” said Ruth.

In her defence, Khumalo who although admitted cheating with Ruth’s husband, said her rival’s claim was exaggerated.

“I had been in a relationship with the plaintiff (Ruth)’s husband from September 2012 to May 2013. Although, I fell pregnant it does not mean that we were not using protection, we were indeed using protection but the condom burst resulting in me falling pregnant. The claim by the plaintiff is however, exorbitant and I cannot afford it,” she said.

In his judgment presiding magistrate Sheunesu Matova ruled that Khumalo should pay $1 500 and $ 1 000 respectively as damages for contumelia and for loss of consortium.