The glamorous mother and son duo of Shauwn Mkhize and her son Andile Mpisane have hit the headlines yet again.
Social media influencer and DJ Sithelo Shozi, Mpisane’s former lover and the mother of his two young daughters, served a summons on the two this week, accusing them of not returning her three-year-old daughter to her after a “visit” of more than a year.
Shozi, 28, is seeking an interim court order declaring that her three-year-old daughter was “unlawfully and unconstitutionally” abducted and that her child must be returned to her immediately. She also wants an interdict preventing Mpisane, 21, and Mkhize from removing her children from her home without her written consent.
In her summons filed on Wednesday, Shozi also cites police minister Bheki Cele — who is close to Mkhize’s family — as the third respondent. However, in her 24-page affidavit, she makes no allegations against him. Cele was not immediately available for comment.
In court papers, Shozi claims that she has not been allowed to visit her daughter since she was taken from her in March last year.
But Mkhize and Mpisane’s lawyer, Ntsako Godi, denied they had abducted the child and said they would be opposing Shozi’s application.
“We will defend this application and we are confident of our case. This is a media attention-seeking stunt,” he said.
He added that there was no reason for Shozi to add Cele as a respondent when she made no claims against him and he was not involved in the matter.
Godi also questioned why Shozi did not open a case at a police station if she believed her child had been abducted, because kidnapping is a serious crime.