Sat Jul 26 11:07:34 SAST 2014

'Bapela let our kid die'

Apr 8, 2012 | NGWAKO MALATJI |

MAMELODI Sundowns assistant coach Alex Bapela's paramour Bongi Nomathumba has accused him of being a rotten father.

DISTRAUGHT MOM: Bongi Nomathumba is broken hearted. Picture by Vathiswa Ruselo

This after the 10-month-old love child Bapela sired with her died of a heart ailment last week.

Nomathumba and her daughter missed an important doctor's appointment due to their failure to travel to Gauteng.

This, Nomathumba says, was because the former footie refused to buy her a bus ticket to take the sickly tyke to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria for an appointment on March 13.

Bapela ignored our calls and failed to respond to questions SMSed to him. Nomathumba says Bapela initially agreed to buy her the ticket but changed his mind at the 11th hour.

Pouring out her broken heart to Sunday World, Nomathumba says she set off for her Mthatha home in the Eastern Cape last month after quitting her job to look after their violently ill child.

She says she couldn't afford to live in Kempton Park with no income.

Before she left for Eastern Cape, Nomathumba phoned Bapela and asked him to buy her a bus ticket to return to Gauteng so she could take the child to hospital for her scheduled check up.

She says Bapela agreed.

But Nomathumba says the former Sundowns midfielder gave her the cold shoulder when she called him a few days before the planned trip, leaving her stranded in the Eastern Cape.

After missing the date with her doctors, the child fell ill and died of cardiac complications on Friday. She was buried in Mthatha on Sunday last week.

"My child is dead and I think Alex will be happy as this is what he wanted.

"I left Joburg and went back home because I was unable to sustain myself after quitting my job to look after my sickly child.

"I informed him about this and he agreed to help me.

"The doctors were supposed to have reviewed the child's heart condition because they wanted to perform another operation on her.

"But we missed the appointment because when I phoned him to remind him to buy me the ticket he told me to take the child to a local hospital. I told him that would be dangerous as my child's file was in Pretoria and doctors there knew her medical history.

"He simply dropped the phone on me," she says.

Bongi says the trouble started on Thursday when the child started showing flu-like symptoms and her body temperature shot up.

"I then phoned an ambulance, which took her to Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. The doctors there told me there was too much fluid around the child's heart and took her to the ICU.

"She died on Friday," says Bongi, crying copiously.

Bongi says Bapela will be happy now that their child is dead because "it was a monkey on his back", she says.

"He didn't even say anything when I told him the child had passed on.

"She wouldn't have died had he bought that ticket, which is a fraction of what he earns at Sundowns.

"May my child rest in peace and God be with Alex."

  • malatjin@sundayworld.co.za

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