By Motlagae Konyana
Ending a relationship can be stressful and filled with complicated emotions for both parties. While the actual breakup can be tricky to navigate, you don’t consider a post-breakup situation until it’s too late.
You’re still going to bump into your ex, whether it’s tying up loose ends or interacting with them in new places. But what is the breakup etiquette?
After a Durban man surprised his lady with a brand-new Mercedes G-Wagon, social media went abuzz, questioning what then happens should the relationship end. Does he ask for his G-Wagon back?
The Best T in the city presenter, Tbose, asks what breakup etiquette is regarding gifts. Can one ask for their newly built double-storey house that you gifted your significant other?
Gifts Bought On Credit: Nothing is more painful, like when a debit order goes off monthly. Now imagine the debit order being for something you don’t have. No one will ever be able to take kindly to paying for a house, car, or cell phone they don’t use. So, isn’t it just easier to take your items back after a breakup and either sell them or use them for yourself?
Sentimental Gifts: Gifting sentimental possessions to your partner for various reasons; however, when the relationship ends, should they keep them? Your old grandmother’s ring that you used as your engagement ring. Is it wrong to ask for that heirloom back? You can then give it to your next partner, right?
Expensive Gifts: You were standing in queues at the diamond walk, and you swiped for that expensive shoe. Shouldn’t you expropriate the gift? They using a car you are paying for, in a townhouse you are subsidizing. When they cheat on you, will you continue paying?
Ashley Maluleke of “Conversations with a Taxi Driver” fame asked his passengers to weigh in on the topic. Listen as a woman says she wouldn’t want her gifts back.