Dying man married

NOMASONTO Mbuyisa lost her father last month. As she was preparing to come to terms with how to take care of her two siblings, she suffered another shock.

She found that a woman she had only known for nine months married her father a day before he died.

Doctors have confirmed that her father, Vusi Elias Mbuyisa, was comatose on the day of the marriage.

Mbuyisamarried his girlfriend Nhlanhla Nxumalo at South Rand Hospital in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg.

Now Nxumalo is allegedly taking steps to evict Nomasonto from her home in Malvern.

The home is a three-bedroom house with two backrooms and a garage.

"Last week Tuesday I received a call from her (Nxumalo) lawyer, saying I should meet him at his office in Johannesburg.

"The lawyer told me that my father's girlfriend was the rightful owner of the house and she would sell it," Nomasonto said.

Nomasonto's mother died in 2007 while she was still living in Dundonald, Mpumalanga.

She moved to her father's house in Marlvern to study tourism at Vaal University.

But she was forced to quit her studies and work as a cashier in Johannesburg when her father stopped working in June last year because he had TB.

Last month Mbuyisa was admitted to hospital and his condition worsened.

"I went to see my father two days before he died. He could not speak or write," Nomasonto said.

Her father died on November 12.

"Before my father's funeral I went to the housing department and found Nxumalo there.

"Officials told me that from the next year, the bill would come reflecting Nhlanhla. They also told me that my father was married the day before his death," she said.

According to Nomasonto, Nxumalo has since brought her two children to live in the house.

"It's unfair that she is intending to evict me from my father's house."

The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that the marriage was registered on November 11.

Nxumalo refused to comment: "I don't speak with newspaper people."

But hospital reports state that on the day of the marriage Mbuyisa was weak, dehydrated and needed assistance.

The reports also stated that Mbuyisa could not even speak.

According to the Department of Home Affairs a marriage is not legal if there is an existing marriage, one of the parties is mentally unfit or when they are minors.

Marriage law expert Nthabiseng Monareng said Nomasonto could make an application in the high court for the marriage to be declared null and void.