Motsoaledi: Marriage fraudsters could lose South African citizenship

Motsoaledi: Marriage fraudsters could lose South African citizenship

- Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has warned against foreigners using marriage to gain citizenship

- Motsoaledi revealed that those caught undergoing bogus unions could have their citizenships revoked

- This comes as the Minister clamps down on fraudulent marriages in Mzansi

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A 'dangerous game' is how Aaron Motsoaledi has described foreigners using marriage to secure South African citizenship.

The Home Affairs Minister issued a warning over bogus marriages, with his office beginning to revoke the citizenship of those who forged unions to get a green card:

“We are now handling a very difficult case of somebody who got married and after getting citizenship he got divorced and went home to fetch the ‘real’ wife. So we are taking his citizenship away. But he is resisting and says that we are evil as we found out about his fake marriages after a long time. So he is threatening to go to court."

Out of the 2 000 fraudulent marriages reported between mid-2018 and June last year, 1 100 have been annulled and 600 were referred to the courts for a divorce.

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SowetanLIVE reports that Motsoaledi highlighted young women as the usual victims of these undesirable unions:

“Young women who need money for their nails, hair and cellphones are usually caught up in these marriages. Some of the girls do it knowingly that they don’t want this marriage, but they do it anyway knowing that they will just discard it. But the new marriage policy will be very clear and have measures in place to minimise occurrence of these marriages of convenience. Those who think that getting married is a game will realise that it’s a dangerous game."

The days of being able to register a marriage with one person will soon be over explains Motsoaledi:

“In the new law we will require them to come together. Some of the women end up getting married unknowingly because they had their documents stolen. So we want both of them to appear together." gathers that the new law will come into effect next year, with the Minister commenting:

“So in the proposed law it’s going to be a little bit tough. We are going to demand some information from the countries of origin that you are actually not married. We will train marriage officers to understand the implications of marrying across the borders. People take marriages like a game ... that I will just marry and annul. But that game will now become a very dangerous one to play."

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