Springbok player Bongi Mbonambi has had his assets attached for failing to pay maintenance for his estranged child. PHOTO: Briefly.co.za

UPDATE: Court goes after Springbok player’s assets for not paying maintenance

The Springs Magistrate’s Court has given the Springbok player an opportunity to explain why he failed to adhere to the maintenance order.


Springbok player Bongi Mbonambi has had his assets attached for failing to pay maintenance for his estranged child. PHOTO: Briefly.co.za

Springbok player Bongi Mbonambi has been targeted by the courts as his assets have been attached for failing to pay child maintenance.

The South African reported earlier this week that the hooker has been avoiding a maintenance order. Mbonambi has a 12-year-old daughter but has failed to pay the required maintenance.


According to court documents seen by The South African, the rugby player, who also plays for The Sharks, has his assets tied up.

In the court documents, issued by the Springs’ Magistrate’s Court on 19 July 2022, Mbonambi was in arrears as per a maintenance order in 2019.

He is however given the opportunity to appear before the court to explain why he has failed to pay maintenance.

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The mother of the child, Koketso Matlala, told The South African that they conceived their daughter in 2010. She was born later that year.

But a maintenance battle ensued as Mbonambi allegedly denied the child, she said.

Bongi Mbonambi during the Rugby World Cup Final match between South Africa Springboks and England Rugby World Cup Final at the International Stadium Yokohama Japan.Saturday 02 November 2019. (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

In lawyers’ letters, he requested a paternity test back in 2016 before making any payment towards the child.

According to Matlala, who agreed to do the test, Mbonambi instead kept avoiding it. Eventually, the paternity test was done in March 2019. It proves that indeed the rugby star was the biological father.

A paternity test proved that the Springbok player is the biological father of the child. PHOTO: Supplied

Mbonambi was soon after ordered by the court to pay a monthly maintenance of R5 250.

But he has been avoiding Matlala since December last year. Matlala says she constantly has to remind the Springbok to adhere to the court order. In screenshots of texts, Mbonambi has seemingly been ignoring Matlala for the past months.

“He hasn’t paid maintenance. My child is 12-years-old now and this is so hard on her. She constantly watches rugby just to see her father. She even wants to play rugby and is the only girl in her soccer team at school because she thinks perhaps if she is into sports, he will accept her,” said Matlala.

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When contacted by The South African, Mbonambi declined to comment.

“I am not going to respond until my lawyer hears about this,” he said before hanging up the call.

It is not yet clear when Mbonambi will approach the courts to resolve the matter.