Tavonga Muzorodzi (32) could not produce his payslip in court because teachers have not received payslips since March when the country went into Covid19 lockdown.
He however, said he had a picture of the payslip on his phone which he could show to the magistrate.
The case was brought against Muzorodzi by Gloria Moyo (26) who has a nine-month old baby.
There was a somber moment in court when Muzorodzi told Magistrate Evia Matura that he was married and has three other children to look after with the RTGS$2 800 that he earns. His salary amounted to just US$28 to be shared among four children plus his wife and himself.
He pleaded with the magistrate to fix the maintenance at RTGS$700 or just about $600 but the magistrate set it at RTGS$900 which is just about US$8.
This means that the maintained child got the lion’s share of the father’s salary by getting almost 30%.