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New twist as 'marriage officer' traced to Soweto

By Penwell Dlamini | Dec 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IN A bid to get to the bottom of a controversial hospital marriage that saw a family fight over a house, the Department of Home Affairs has traced the marriage officer who allegedly married the couple on November 11.

Home Affairs traced the officer to his Soweto home where he was interviewed on the procedure he followed on the marriage.

The department has also confirmed that it was still searching for the people who signed as witnesses when the marriage was conducted.

The interview comes after Sowetan reported that Vusi Elias Mbuyisa was married to his girlfriend, Nhlanhla Nxumalo, just hours before he died at South Rand hospital in Rosettenville in the Johannesburg south.

But doctors at the hospital have confirmed that on the day of the marriage, Mbuyisa was comatose.

Now Mbuyisa's 20-year-old-daughter, Nomasonto Mbuyisa, and her two siblings, face eviction as Nxumalo has allegedly taken steps to kick them out of their home.

Nxumalo had allegedly moved into Mbuyisa's home in Malvern, eastern Johannesburg, just three months before Mbuyisa died.

Nxumalo was steadfast on staying in the house, saying: "Words were spoken for me to stay here."

She is reported to have brought her two children to live with her at Mbuyisa's house. The home is a three-bedroom house with two backrooms and a garage.

But after Sowetan published the story on Friday, help has been pouring in for the Mbuyisa children.

A group of Johannesburg advocates have offered their legal services to help the Nxumalo children fight for their home. Advocate Modise Khoza said they were willing to represent the Mbuyisa children for free to nullify Nxumalo's marriage so they could retain their home.

In another breakthrough, Thabo Manzi, chief executive of Amaqwathi Tours and Transfers, a tourism company based in Fourways, offered to fund Nomasonto's tourism studies which she was forced to give up because of financial problems.


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