Fact check: A look at how many phony marriages are truly fake

Fact check: A look at how many phony marriages are truly fake

- Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi originally claimed there were over 2 000 fraudulent marriages registered in the last year

- However, this number seems to be an exaggeration

- In reality, 600 of these marriages have turned out not to have been fraudulent, while 300 are still being investigated

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In June, Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi said that there had been over 2 000 fraudulent marriages in South Africa in the last year.

However, it appears that his claim may not be entirely accurate.

While it is true that over 2 000 marriages were reported as fraudulent, on closer inspection the numbers tell a more complicated story.

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In a recent interview, Motsoaledi clarified that there in fact only 1 160 marriages which turned out to actually be fake, Briefly.co.za has gathered. These marriages have since been annulled or otherwise removed from the department's records.

As a result, AfricaCheck has rated Motsoaledi's initial claim as being misleading. For example, more than 600 marriages that Motsoaledi originally claimed were fraudulent have since turned out to be marriages of convenience, which means they do not technically qualify as fraudulent. 

A marriage of convenience usually involves a foreigner getting married purely to secure residency or citizenship in South Africa. These marriages are not technically fraudulent, as they meet all legal requirements for an official marriage, including consent, according to AfricaCheck.

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Additionally, over 300 other reports of fraudulent marriages are still being investigated and thus cannot be confirmed at this time.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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