Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe will be in the Kempton Park Maintenance Court next month to explain why he refuses to support the twins he fathered with a former staffer in his department.

City Press says lawyers for Makgoe (56), whose asset portfolio allegedly includes seven properties, a fleet of vehicles and shareholding in high-end nightclubs and retail outlets, have allegedly threatened the mother of the twins that she will be arrested should she speak to the media because she will be in contempt of court.

The woman claimed she became homeless when she was kicked out of an apartment he bought for her and the children. Having met him in the Department of Education, she said she fell pregnant two years into their relationship in 2016.

After falling pregnant he asked me to resign and promised that he would pay me R20 000 every month (which is what I was earning at the time) for a period of six months so I can take care of the kids and to avoid the risk of his wife finding out about our affair and the pregnancy. I agreed, as I trusted him.’

The Johannesburg-based mother claimed that Makgoe bought her an apartment in the Vaal under a friend’s name as ‘he didn’t want any paper trail for his wife to find out’.

But his wife did find out and they were divorced last year.

He then broke contact with me in September 2017 when the twins were about six months old. From then on I couldn’t get hold of him and I struggled financially as I depended on him. That’s when I decided to take him to court but he first denied the children were his. We had to do a DNA test which proved he was the father.’

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