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More than 500 fraudulent marriages were reversed since the start of the year. Image: Pixabay.

SA reacts to Limpopo women paid R300 to marry Pakistani

The Department of Home Affairs has expressed concern over women in Limpopo marrying Pakistani nationals for R300 per month.

Home Affairs

More than 500 fraudulent marriages were reversed since the start of the year. Image: Pixabay.

A Limpopo woman named Priscilla has been accused of arranging marriages between Pakistani nationals and several women from her community.

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The SABC reports that several women from Limpopo have stepped forward and revealed that Priscilla had arranged marriages between them and Pakistani shop owners.

36-year-old Rebone Shabir claims that Priscilla approached her with an offer to marry a Pakistani shop owner in exchange for a monthly fee of R300, which will be paid until her death.

Shabir adds that she and Priscilla travelled to the Johannesburg Home Affairs office, accompanied by several shop owners.

“I agreed with them. We then went to Johannesburg, where they promised me that they would provide me with R300, which they promptly paid when we returned. In the following month, they paid another R300.

“Subsequently, they disappeared, and since then, my ID book and my children’s birth certificates have gone missing. When I visited Home Affairs, they requested a marriage certificate, which I have no knowledge of.”

The publication adds that while Shabir received R600 over two months another woman named Gloria Ratau reportedly received only R120 to become Mrs. Kazim.

The Department of Home Affairs spokesperson, Siya Qoza told the publication that their records concerning the marriages of the two ladies that inquired about suggest a need for further investigation.

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South Africans and radio personality Sol Phenduka took to Twitter on Monday, 4 September to react to Limpopo women getting paid R300 to marry Pakistani nationals.

@realnickjgood: “I hope they’re getting married in Community of Property.”

@SibusisoThabede: “Why call these sad times in SA when some women are literally prostituting themselves and our country due to greed!! When found, these women should be jailed for life!! The collective damage they do is unimaginable.”

@Nombunombz: “The state of this country will break your heart every day.”

@sisi_wangempela: “SA is the only country in the world where the government allows foreigners legal and illegal to disrespect and abuse citizens.”

@Mtho_Mwelase: “Is it poverty or just women being women? No sense of patriotism whatsoever.”

@MokgalakaLemba: “Similar stories were covered by Skhiphamafiles in Mpumalanga. This is probably prevalent in the entire country.”

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