A blind man filed for divorce this morning, claiming that his wife hid from him for 32-years, the fact that she was Black.
59-year old Adriaan Snyman accused his wife, 56-year old Petronella Pieterson, of taking advantage of his handicap to “dishonestly and fraudulently make him believe that she was a White woman”.
He claims that she knew that he would never have accepted to marry her if he “had known that she was black”, and consciously hid her origins from him for more than three decades.
“This perfidious and treacherous woman abused my generosity and good nature for more than 30 years, by pretending to be someone else,” Mr Snyman told reporters. “I only learned that she was black three weeks ago, when a friend told me. She let me believe during all these years that she was white, so she could profit from me. She’s a despicable fraud! She should be jailed for what she did!”
Petronella refutes her husband’s allegations of lying an abusing his confidence, saying that she made no effort to hide her skin color, and that she thought he had been aware of it during a those years.
“I don’t think he ever actually asked me if I was black, but I was convinced that he knew,” she said. “It’s not like I ever pretended to be white! And I’m the one who pays everything, who does his laundry and cooks for him… I don’t see how he can say that I took advantage of him. I’m the victim here… I’ve spent 32 years of my life, taking care of a racist.”
Petronella further said she feel insulted by her husband’s accusations, adding that she has always been proud of her Black origins and has never made any efforts to hide them.
Although Mr Snyman allegations are unlikely to have any effect on the results of the divorce procedure, they have already generated a lot of reaction, both from the audience inside the courthouse and on the social media.
Some people simply noted that the couple, visibly had some communication problems, while others openly sided with Petronella, calling her husband a “moron”, a “racist pig”, and many other colorful names.
This controversial case is scheduled to appear in court again on April 25, unless the parties reach an improbable agreement before that date.