Smart ID makes it difficult to forge marriage, says Motsoaledi

On Monday, Eyewitness News revealed reports of fake marriages illustrating a large number of women who have been affected by this.

EWN broke the story of Nomathamsanqa Swartbooi who has struggled to get assistance from Home Affairs after discovering she was fraudulently married to an unknown man.

Read: Exposed: The long battle to escape fraudulent marriages in SA

Many women have since come forward, and new Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has stepped in and promised that the department would ensure that Swartbooi was issued a smart card ID within 48 hours.

Ray White speaks to the minister about the fake marriage issue and how to avoid it.

Two thousand women have reported fraudulent marriages in the last financial year. Between the 1 April last year and now, there were 2132 such cases reported.

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi , Minister - Home Affairs

He says the department is tackling these cases, and subsequently, 54% of those fraudulent marriages where annulled.

The women were written letters to tell them that such marriages do not exist, but 20% of these marriages were found to be real and the only way to annul it, is for people to go to court.

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi , Minister - Home Affairs

The minister says 15% of these cases are still being investigated.

He adds that there are ways people can prevent fraudulent marriages from happening.

From 2013, South Africa moved away from the green ID booklet to smart cards. It is difficult to forge anything when you have a smart card.

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi , Minister - Home Affairs

He urges people to register for smart IDs.

Listen to the interview below:


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