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Judge lashes doctor who cut payments to ex: pay R1.5m or go to jail

He'd argued she 'loafed around on her couch all day', but the Cape Town judge was not at all impressed

Cape Town bureau chief

A wealthy doctor who told his ex-wife he was no longer “willing to fund you lying on your couch every day” faces two years behind bars if he doesn’t pay her R1.5m within a month.

The Cape Town specialist, who earns R3m a year and has an extensive property portfolio, reduced monthly maintenance payments from R63,000 to R10,000, telling his ex-wife to “go and earn your own money”.

Now, after two years of arguments in the high court in Cape Town, the doctor has been ordered to pay the full amount claimed by his ex-wife under their divorce agreement, plus her legal costs on a punitive scale...

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