Home Affairs leaves divorced man married

A JHB man slammed Home Affairs for not changing his marital status after being divorced for 2 years.

The Home Affairs Department. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A man has called on Home Affairs to get re-organised and for other South Africans to check their legal marital statuses online.

The man, who does not want to be named, discovered that he was still married to his wife, who he divorced two years ago.

This has once again prompted questions about the Department of Home Affairs' ability to correctly log all marriages and divorces.

Last year several officials were arrested for rubber stamping hundreds of sham marriages between foreigners and teenage girls for citizenship.

The man said others should confirm their status to avoid potential spousal fraud.

"Go and check your status, check it once and then check it again once a month until media houses like 702 has put government and even the minister under pressure. Home Affairs' needs to be called to order."

Department of Home Affairs' Ronnie Mamoepa said the onus is on citizens to inform the department that they have been divorced.

"You can approach the department with a divorce decree so that your status is changed on the system. We will have no interest whatsoever in ensuring that a person, who is divorced, stays married."