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Sharon Dee hits Ndlovu with divorce papers

DIVORCE: Sheron Dee married Ndlovu in England in 1997
DIVORCE: Sharon Dee married Ndlovu in England in 1997

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By Nkanyiso Moyo

SOCCER star love rat Peter Ndlovu is being divorced by his wife.

“Nothing can fix this marriage,” declared South African pop singer, Sharon Dee.

The Local is Lekker star has put up with years of lurid details of the former Warriors skipper’s bed hopping appearing in the newspapers – including a claim by a woman in February that she miscarried his baby due to stress.

The news of the divorce is a blow for the 35-year-old Ndlovu whose career is in its twilight after he fell out of favour at South African Premier League club, Sundowns in June. He recently joined Thanda Royal Zulu.

Sharon Dee, born Hlengiwe Dlamini, has instructed her lawyers to file for divorce in the Johannesburg High Court – a move which could result in a huge payout to the singer who is currently promoting her new album, Ekhaya.

After over a decade playing in England, Ndlovu could be worth millions. He joined Coventry City while they were still in the English Premier League before later stints at Birmingham, Huddersfield and Sheffield United.

He joined Sundowns from Sheffield United in 2004, earning a reported R120 000 per month. He was the highest paid player in the league for a period.

With 100 caps playing for his country, Ndlovu was dropped from the national team early this year by new coach, Jose Valinhos.

Now his wife – with whom they have two sons aged nine and three -- is dumping him after a decade together.

“It will take a long time for me to get a man who will match his standards,” Sharon said. “He treated me very well. He was such a gentleman. People are good in some things and bad in others. You can’t have it all.”

The 34-year-old singer says she has been spending a lot of time at the gym and “praying very hard” after her marriage breakdown.

“People love my new CD, so this is a good start,” she said.

With news of the divorce, Sharon’s fans will take a closer interest in her new album. On the second track on the CD, titled Malume, Sharon sings: “Angazi ngenzeni mina/Ngaloluthando/Ngoba ngisamthanda noma engishaya” (I don’t know what to do/With this love/Because I still love her although he beats me).
She insists, however, that it was Ndlovu’s infidelity that led to the marriage breakdown.

In June, when asked about her marriage by a journalist, Sharon said: “I’m not gonna say I’m happily married. Things may change tomorrow. But I do know that Peter is a good man. Nobody’s perfect.

“We all make mistakes and eventually grow up and work through our problems... people ask how we’ve managed to stay together for so long and, honestly, I don’t know the answer to that.”

Ndlovu is known to have at least five children with four different women. In 2004, New Zimbabwe.com exclusively revealed how Ndlovu, the Warriors skipper then, was two-timing Sharon with a seductive South African fraudster named Alice Miya.

Ndlovu was forced to temporarily leave the matrimonial home in Coventry before successfully patching up his relationship.

A few months later, a Harare woman Amina Essof approached the Harare Civil Court asking it to compel Ndlovu to pay maintenance for a child the player fathered in 2002.

More woes followed. In October 2004, Ndlovu was dragged before the Randburg maintenance court after a South African woman said he was refusing to stump up on child maintenance. Ndlovu is reported to have at least one more child in Zimbabwe, although it could be more.

In February this year, Sharon had to read more depressing stories about her husband after Ntswaki Khathong, a Zimbabwean woman, told newspapers that she had suffered a miscarriage with Ndlovu's baby following a two-year affair.

Khathong insisted Ndlovu had told her he was single -- only to discover he was married to Sharon Dee, and was dating a string of other women.

“He called me the same day we met and we went to his townhouse in Sunninghill and had sex the same night,” she said. “When I told him I was pregnant, he threw a tantrum. He told me he was disappointed with me and stopped calling or visiting me. After that I started hearing about his other girlfriends.

”Then came the discovery Ndlovu was married to Sharon Dee, and the miscarriage in January. When I started bleeding, a friend rushed me to a public hospital because I didn’t have medical aid.

"When I called Peter, he told me he was married so he couldn’t move freely as he pleases. When I called him again, he rejected my calls, so I took a taxi home after I was discharged. I was bleeding profusely and in pain in the taxi. My friend fetched me and took me back to the hospital. When I got there, the doctor told me I had lost my baby."

Having tried marriage with a Zimbabwean, perhaps Sharon is entertaining the thought that local is indeed lekker!

Ndlovu declined to comment about the impending divorce.

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