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By Penwell Dlamini penwelld@sowetan.co.za | Mar 10, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The department of Home Affairs has finally cancelled the marriage of Nhlanhla Nxumalo, who married a comatose man on his death bed last year.

"There was no way Vusi Elias Mbuyisa could have been married under such circumstances," said spokesperson Siobhan McCarthy.

On November 11 last year, Nxumalo, 36, was married to a comatose Mbuyisa, 42, at South Rand Hospital, Johannesburg, a few hours before he died.

After the funeral Nxumalo threatened to evict Mbuyisa's 20-year-old daughter Nomasonto and her two siblings from their home in Malvern, Johannesburg.

Sowetan published Nomasonto's story, prompting a probe by Home Affairs.

"For a marriage to be authentic, both partners need to enter into the contract voluntarily. Medical reports show that Mbuyisa was terminally ill at the time of the 'wedding', therefore there is no way he could have entered into the marriage voluntarily," McCarthy said.

"Secondly, there needs to be a minimum of five people present for the marriage to take place. This includes the two parties, the marriage officer and two competent witnesses - one from each side," she said.

"Nxumalo's marriage did not meet these requirements, hence it was removed from the national population register."

Last week Home Affairs informed Nxumalo that her marriage had been removed from the national population register. She was ordered to return the marriage certificate, which she did.

Nxumalo has since left the Mbuyisa home.

"I'm leaving this house, maybe I'll try a business elsewhere," she said this week.

"If Nomasonto wants the money, which was deposited into my account, I will pay her," Nxumalo said.

Nomasonto accepted the offer. A car insurance company had deposited R5000 into Nxumalo's account, which was from a cashback plan for Mbuyisa's BMW.

Nxumalo denied she had also claimed R15000 in an insurance payout.

"We want the money. She must pay," Nomasonto said.

Nomasonto and her siblings spent the weekend in the house, in peace, for the first time since their father died. "I'm grateful to Sowetan for helping us to reclaim our heritage," she said.


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