Sandile Mkhize found out four years ago he was married to his mother, and his life has been ruined ever since.
The 38-year-old from Adams Mission near Durban prepared to get married when the Department of Home Affairs told him he couldn’t get married because he was already legally married to his mother, Zandile Mkhize, Isolezwe reported.
Yet his mother is married to his father, Siphiwo Mkhize.
Sandile had to postpone his own wedding because of the mistake.
Another tragedy struck him when the woman to whom Sandile was engaged died in August last year before they could get married. The administrative error had not yet been corrected.
Cyril Mncwabe, the provincial director of home affairs, said that they have the Mkhize family’s documentation and hope to find a solution soon.
“The situation is very common. I am following this issue and with the help of the department, we will solve it and help the man. ”
Sandile’s parents were married on November 11, 1994. He was then 14 years old and too young to legally marry. Yet, according to home affairs records, he married his mother on November 12, 1994.
“There are two marriage certificates. My parents’ marriage certificate and the one where I believe I married my mother, ”Sandile told Isolezwe.
“The whole thing took a toll on my life,” Sandile said, adding that being unable to marry the woman he loved was only one of the problems caused by the mistake.