Home affairs won't let man leave first wife

2012-08-06 09:07

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.

  • eve.carrington - 2012-08-06 09:35

    LOL! I can so relate to this story! I have EXACTLY the same problem!

      utopian.idealist - 2012-08-06 10:06

      Infidelity ?

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-06 13:57

      And they have made Nkosazana Zuma president of the AU. Good riddance I say.

      george.outremer - 2012-08-07 08:43

      Home Affairs do not act automatically on High Court orders. You need to first register the divorce with Home Affairs. Once the divorce is registered, you then need to register your new marriage. Once the new marriage is registered, your wife can apply for a new ID under her (new) married name. The process can take up to six months. Important to get application reference and contact telephone numbers from Home Affairs and follow up on a weekly basis. Good Luck.

  • khanyisa.sulo - 2012-08-06 09:42

    This is so riduculous and you can't hold anyone accountable because its Home Affairs, my cousin's been trying to get his dad's death certificate who died over 10 years ago and has been sent backwards and fowards just to get a death certificate, everytime he enquirs he has to repeat himself to some clueless frontline staff who all keep blaming Pretoria Head Office......yerrr!!!!

  • tc.mngenela - 2012-08-06 09:44

    hahahaha - @ 'Moral of the Story don't get divorced' - sooooooo TRUE!!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-06 10:22

      Or don't marry ever, ha ha.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-06 09:44

    And who is suprised?

  • Ze Don - 2012-08-06 10:01

    Had exactly the same problem! I suppose I can count myself fortunate that it ONLY took 6 months to sort out...

  • drishworth - 2012-08-06 10:01

    Hey, Home Affairs, how difficult can this be? Registering births, deaths, divorces, marriages is part of your job - get off your arses and just do it. What actually are you doing if you're not doing your job?

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-06 10:04

    Knowing the continuos botching at Home Affairs I bet the ex wifes ID document states she is divorced.

  • TSR01 - 2012-08-06 10:10

    'Til Death or competent Dept. of Home Affairs do you part?

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-06 10:12

    The Home affairs systems is already under pressure from illegal immigrants flowing up from the north, now we cannot afford people who cannot remain committed to their marriage in accordarnce to their very own vows , for better or worse till death do us apart, this were your words when you took an oath. Commit to your words, Go see and attorney??home affairs should just take out the vows this man signed that he will be committed to this woman until he die.

  • andre.christiesmith - 2012-08-06 10:25

    It took me 3 and a half years,several trips to the home affice and many many many hours on the phone to get my divorce registered. Head office say it is a local office issue, local office say only head office can sort it out. Head office do not know the dif between Supreme Court and SA Consulate.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-06 10:31

    Horror affairs in its usual form.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-06 10:35

    Not surprised at all, with home affairs anything is possible.This is still going to be a long journey for the brother Shame!

  • angela.foley.5682 - 2012-08-06 10:53

    My husband i are in the same boat. He got divorced in 2004 and he is still registered as married. The authoritie never followed through either, after going to court etc. We are now married and can't regsiter until they resolve his previous marriage. Latest excuse, HA can't see the stamp clearly on the official court document, to show he is divorced. The lawyer destroyed the paperwork, because it is more than 5 years later, so he doesn't have it, but for a cool R4000, he'll help us. HA f'up, full stop. Perhaps i can bill them for the lawyer fees we will have to end up paying because they are incompetent. Ironically, the last attempt was made at the Boksburg HA, where our paper was stamped and just thrown on a pile of papers. I said "well that is never going to go into the system" ... 7 months later, i am right. Get rid of the idiots and give people their jobs that want to work.

      nikki.peeriyalal - 2012-08-06 21:18

      Gosh. That's so sad... Well I do hope that HA come right soon! I've only ever had a problem getting my passports and numerous sms's telling me to pick up my I'd that I had already picked up.... Shows how incompetant they truly are. I so agree with you that their jobs should be given to people who are very competant and at least passed matric... People like me who have diplomas, certificates, degrees and work experience but can't get a job....cos these asses are sitting on their behinds having a fat chat instead of working on getting the pile of paper reduced.... Good luck to you ...and your marriage of course

  • walter.lebza - 2012-08-06 10:59

    He should do like zuma does. When you are tired of your wife, marry another wife traditionally.

  • ashne.segal - 2012-08-06 11:13

    As usual Home Affairs has ..............up again!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-06 11:18

    Look this is Home Affairs. What do you expect?. They are stupid, know it and find it just fine. We are doomed.

  • Matthew - 2012-08-06 11:23

    Typical home affairs.lazy bunch of good for nothings

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-06 12:02

      Not typical on the west Rand - I have only found them to be friendly, helpful, speedy and hard working.

  • osama.pascal - 2012-08-06 11:24

    And we all know where Nkosazana Zuma's commitment lies now? Home Affairs employees are busy registering fake births to claim from child grants from SASSA and take up insurances; then they will create fictitious deaths to clam from Insurances. Marrying foreiners fraudulently asa well. Thsese are things that keeps them busy to attend to genuine issues they are employed for. I advice the guy to sue their pants off and those official responsible in their personal capacities. That will teach them a lesson

  • jrsifiso - 2012-08-06 11:31

    The gvt system is jst upside down, I had 2 wait for 2 full years 2 get my daughter a birth certificate because some1 else was using my I'd no. Had 2 go thru the process of re-applying while I had my I'd. Home affairs mst get their rotten house in order, cause its frustrating taxpayers lives.

      ditoare.gypsy - 2012-08-06 12:03

      Eish Sifiso that home-affairs was F*#*',g you around all you have to do is take the gun and shoot them, Hari I'm joking is jus that I'm also sharing my I'd with someone else but my child got certificate under my surname, oops maybe the child is not mine. Anything is possible IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-08-06 11:45

    And they say Nkosazana fixed it? The only thing she fixed were the queues inside, and NOT the overall competence of her department.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-08-06 11:45

    KILL the 1st wife it will be easy if your status show WIDOWER

  • phoenix3670 - 2012-08-06 13:28

    Surely there must be a 'Letter of Divorce" and this must count for something otherwise he would not have been able to get married a second time around. I guess this is just typical of this government. Hope he gets it resolved

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-06 13:48

    This guy must be living somewhere in the sky, it is home affairs job description to mess-up peoples lives

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-06 15:45

    U should stop sueeze your hand ,buy thm 'COKE',your misery will dissapear,ds is horror afes,u ll find youself in a polygamous marriage instead

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-08-06 17:51

    They probably wanted to give you a second chance at your first marriage as you are too young for a second marriage,lol.

  • John - 2012-08-06 19:06

    The minister of home affairs did a hell of a good job of improving the dept. Pity she will not be there to complete the job. She is the only minister who has caused positive change in all the depts that she has presided over!

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