The River Star Presley Chweneyagae Under Fire Over R58,800 Unpaid Child Support
Actor Presley Chweneyagae, who is popularly known for his role in The River, is facing criticism from his alleged baby mama for failing to pay a total of R58,800 in child support for his 17-year-old son, who was born after the release of the acclaimed film Tsotsi in 2005.
Alletta Somfula, the boy’s mother from Kempton Park in Johannesburg, expressed her frustration to ZiMoja about Chweneyagae’s absence in their son’s life, who is currently in Grade 10.
Chweneyagae, who was 21 years old at the time of Tsotsi’s release, enjoyed the perks of fame and attention. The same year, he met Alletta, and they hit it off quickly. She narrates:
“We met in 2005, and I got pregnant. I found out I was pregnant when he had gone to the US for the Oscars. When he came back, I told him I was pregnant. He even asked my uncles to alert his family that I was pregnant, but his mother denied the child.”
Alletta came to terms with her circumstances and embraced single motherhood. However, two years later, she accompanied Chweneyagae for a paternity test which confirmed his parenthood.
Alletta hoped that this would be a turning point, and Chweneyagae would start fulfilling his financial obligations towards their son. Unfortunately, this did not happen. She is enraged:
“I hate him with a passion. I am a father and mother to his child. He is 16 years, and the pressure from peers is overwhelming. I thought when Presley asked for DNA, he was going to change, but he is still the same. What irritates me the most is the fact that he is taking care of his other two kids. I don’t want anything from him except for him to take responsibility for his son.”
As time passes, Chweneyagae’s son is growing older, and his financial demands are escalating, making it increasingly difficult for Alletta to bear the burden alone.
Despite having five court orders for child support against him, Chweneyagae remains unresponsive. His child support arrears have now reached R58,800.
Although Alletta and the Tsotsi actor have stopped communicating, her only expectation is for Chweneyagae to take responsibility and provide for their son’s needs.
“I am not a bitter baby mama, but I want what is best for my child. All he knows is to ask my parents for my child to visit him when I am not around and not buy him anything.”
ZiMoja reached out to Presley Chweneyagae for a comment, but he declined.