Sexwale divorce; media shut out

File image: Lawyers for both Tokyo (pictured) and Judy Sexwale have agreed to refrain from talking to the media over the duration of their divorce proceedings, their lawyers said on Friday. Photo: WERNER BEUKES

Johannesburg - Lawyers for both Tokyo and Judy Sexwale have agreed to refrain from talking to the media over the duration of their divorce proceedings, their lawyers said on Friday.

This follows a case management meeting with deputy judge president Phineas Mojapelo on May 6, the Sexwale's separate legal representatives said in a joint statement.

Lawyers for both the Sexwales, the TJS Family Trust trustees, and the TJS Houghton Trust trustees reached an agreement at the meeting.

The different legal representatives would for the duration of the divorce action refrain from discussing the matter with the media, or issuing statements to the media.

"All parties recognise that justice will best be served if the action is allowed to proceed with the appropriate decorum," the statement said.

The Sexwales' divorce plans made headlines in February this year when the minister came out publicly to deny some claims by his estranged wife.

He responded through his lawyer to claims by his wife, Judy, in court papers that he physically and emotionally abused her.

The newspaper concerned, the Sunday Times, said at the time it had decided to name Tokyo and Judy as the parties in the divorce case after obtaining legal advice.

"We believe that it is justified because neither party has asked that they not be named and both have commented to us through their lawyers," the newspaper said.

Sapa

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