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Finally divorced from a man I never met: East Rand woman’s alarming 15-year fraudulent marriage

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For 15 years, Elize O’Brien was a victim of marriage fraud. The high court has now finally declared the marriage invalid. (PHOTO: Onkgopotse Koloti)
For 15 years, Elize O’Brien was a victim of marriage fraud. The high court has now finally declared the marriage invalid. (PHOTO: Onkgopotse Koloti)

For 15 years her life was held hostage by a stranger – she couldn’t work or even open an account in her own name.

Day after day, year after year Elize O’Brien (41) fought against the shackles of a scam marriage – and now, at last, she’s been freed.

The high court in Pretoria recently declared the marriage fraudulent and Elize’s relief knows no bounds. Elize was married to a man she’d never even met, a faceless fraudster who stole her life.

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