Home affairs won't let man leave first wife

2012-08-06 09:07

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Pretoria - A Boksburg businessman who got married for the second time has begged top government officials to help him after finding that home affairs still registered him as married to his first wife.

The Pretoria News Weekend reported that Charl Lensley, 33, wanted to register his second marriage in 2011 but found out that his first marriage, which had been dissolved in 2008, had not officially been ended by authorities.

Lensley has appealed to various authorities, the presidency, home affairs officials and the media, asking for help in sorting out the problem, but to no avail.

He was apparently told by home affairs officials that he needed to apply for a new ID document. But this arrived - with his faulty marital status - as well as his old residential address.  

“It’s almost a year now and I still can’t register my marriage. My wife and I can’t apply for anything as husband and wife because, according to Home Affairs, I’m still married to my first wife.”  

There was no comment by the home affairs department.

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