Fri Apr 25 07:41:25 SAST 2014

It's my ex who has a gun, not me - De Sa

Sep 10, 2012 | KHETHIWE CHELEMU |

FORMER Bidvest Wits coach Roger De Sa has made startling claims against his ex wife, saying she owns an unlicensed gun.

BALONEY: Former Bidvest Wits head coach Roger De Sa denies it all. Picture by Bafana Mahlangu
FEARS FOR HER LIFE: Ex-common-law wife of former Bidvest Wits coach Roger de Sa, Nicole Henderson

In his court papers before the Randburg Magistrates' Court, De Sa hit back at allegations made by his ex-wife earlier this year when she applied for a protection order against the coach.

This after De Sa started harassing and threatening Henderson and her new boyfriend Deon van Rensburg with violence.

In her founding affidavit in May, Nicole Henderson claimed, among other things, that De Sa owns a gun and that he is mentally unstable.

"I do not have a firearm and am not in possession of any firearms," De Sa said in his opposing affidavit before the court.

"It is ... the applicant who has a firearm that is not licensed, being a small pistol."

About Henderson's claim that De Sa was always threatening to beat her and her new boyfriend - Free State businessman Deon van Rensburg - with a baseball bat, the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper said he kept the bat for his own safety.

"I always have a baseball bat in my car, which is usually under my seat, for protection," explained De Sa.

Van Rensburg also sought help from the Pretoria High Court in May to keep De Sa at bay.

In her court papers, Henderson alleged that De Sa was mentally unstable and that she was scared of what he was capable of doing to her.

Said Henderson: "He tracks me down. I am not sure if I am being followed. He is mentally abusing me with ugly words."

De Sa this week denied all this in court papers, saying: "I deny that I am not mentally stable.

"I find it strange that the applicant, as a hairdresser, has the qualification to make any verdict on my mental health.

"The applicant is in no position to make a professional assessment as of my mental health."

He also denied tracking her down.

The only time he had a nasty altercation with Henderson, De Sa said, was when one of his friends told him that he had seen her at a hotel in the Free State.

He said he sent an SMS saying: "You neglected the children, you have no money but you are travelling to Clarens."

He further contended that Henderson was not truthful to the court with her reasons for wanting a protection order.

He argued that Henderson's behaviour contradicted her claim that her life was under threat.

"If the applicant was really living in fear of myself she would have made sure that same [the protection order] was served straight after it was granted on ... and not have waited for a month and a half.

"Since the interim order was served the applicant even invited me inside the property [Henderson's home], having a chat without any incident," he said.

"This behaviour totally contradicts that of a person who fears for her life and who wants protection in terms of the Domestic Violence Act."

De Sa was fired by Wits on 9 July. It is not clear if that was a result of his domestic squabbles.

The case has been postponed to next month.

chelemuk@sundayworld.co.za

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