Department of Home Affairs cancelling marriages
15 August 2010
The Sunday Independent has revealed that the Department of Home Affairs has illegally cancelled several marriages between South Africans and foreign nationals, describing them as fake or marriages of convenience.
Many South Africans married to foreigners have a good chance of being able to divorce their spouses without serving them with official divorce papers and without their foreign partner’s knowing about it.
In one case that has been reported a Nigerian went to the Pretoria High Court when he discovered that his status had been changed from married to single after his South African wife died.
He was not provided with reasons for the cancellation.
Many people have found out that their marital status have been changed from married to single when checking the Home Affairs Department website.