A South African woman has approached Zimbabwean courts in a bid to have Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wedding stopped, saying the premier also promised to marry her.
Nosipho Shilubane’s bid comes a day after another woman, Lorcardia Karimatsenga Tembo lost a court case to have Tsvangirai’s weekend wedding cancelled.
Shilubane claims her affair with Tsvangirai started in September 2009, six months after the death of his wife, and he told her he was a widower looking to settle down.
She says the premier took her on several trips and holidays to Botswana, Seychelles and Singapore and each time he said he wanted to marry her.
The two then organised a date where the bride price would be paid in January, but Tsvangirai did not pitch, claiming he had been held back by government business.
The Zimbabwean premier then said he would pay the bride price in December, but Shilubane says she was shocked to hear that Tsvangirai was getting married on Saturday.
Shilubane says she quizzed Tsvangirai on rumours that he was having affairs in Zimbabwe, but the premier said they were false and she believed him because “she was in love”.
The magistrate is expected to give a ruling Friday morning.
On Wednesday a High Court judge dismissed a similar case by Karimatsenga, who claimed she was customarily married to Tsvangirai and she would be prejudiced if the marriage went ahead.
The judge said she should direct her appeal to the magistrates’ courts, as the courts are responsible for issuing marriage licences.
Tsvangirai is due to marry Elizabeth Macheka on Saturday.
Since the death of his wife, Susan, in 2009, Tsvangirai’s love life has been mired in controversy, as he has lurched from one relationship to another.