Alan Burke, founder and chairman of ARB Electrical, turned to the court to have his ex-girlfriend evicted from his home in Morningside, Durban after she refused to move out.

According to a report in The Mercury, the couple had been in an ‘on-off’ relationship for over eight years, but Burke decided the relationship was over after she broke a co-habitation agreement.

Burke accused his former girlfriend, Abigail Edwards, of selling and damaging some of his property, and steeling alcohol worth more than R100 000. She also allegedly intimidated a security guard.

Co-habitation agreement

After the couple got back together last year, Burke and Edwards signed a co-habitation

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Alan Burke, founder and chairman of ARB Electrical Holdings (Image source: Who's Who SA)
Alan Burke, founder and chairman of ARB Electrical Holdings (Image source: Who’s Who SA)

agreement which required Edwards not to “take diet pills or body enhancing pills”. She was also required “to be faithful and respectful of his family and friends.” In return, she would receive a R6m house in Cape Town.

However, Edwards did not want to live in Cape Town and moved into Burke’s home in Durban with him. After he found diet pills in her purse, he broke off the relationship. Despite his offer of R500 000 to leave, she refused, and so Burke was forced to turn to the court to have her evicted.

Ordered to leave

Yesterday, Durban Judge Olsen granted his order of eviction and said that Edwards should leave the property by 2pm today (Friday).

Edwards in turn denies that she broke the co-habitation agreement and is suing Burke for R6 million after he failed to buy her a home in Cape Town.