Political economist Moeletsi Mbeki has filed papers in the High Court in Johannesburg in an attempt to evict his former lover and her children from a Dainfern property, it was reported on Friday.
Shehnilla Mohammed, who has been in an "intimate relationship" with Mbeki since 2005, was fighting his efforts to evict her from the R3-million house they jointly own, the Mail&Guardian reported.
She told the newspaper Mbeki had been trying to drive her out of the house and had launched a court action to evict her.
Mohammed reportedly said this was an attempt to bully her "into submission on his terms and to punish her for taking the decision to end the relationship".
Mohammed had been Mbeki's friend for the past 30 years.
According to the Mail&Guardian, in his motion for eviction Mbeki alleged that Mohammed and her children Zayaad Khan (18) and Feroz Khan (23) were making his occupation of the house untenable.
Mbeki asked the court to grant him an eviction order.
Mohammed told the newspaper that, as a co-owner of the house, she was entitled to live there until they reached a solution about its disposal on equitable terms.
Mbeki reportedly refused to comment on the matter when contacted by the newspaper.