HOW DO WE GET OUR MARRIAGE CER­TIFI­CATE?

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I’ve been mar­ried for four years. We had a huge white wedding and signed the marriage doc­u­ments at church.

How­ever, we’ve just learnt that the priest didn’t send our doc­u­ments to the depart­ment of home af­fairs. We’ve also learnt that he wasn’t a marriage of­fi­cer.

Is there some­thing that we can do about this, be­cause we’re still with­out a marriage cer­tifi­cate? ANONY­MOUS, MAMELODI In terms of the law, a priest solem­nis­ing a marriage must be a marriage of­fi­cer. Not all priests are marriage of­fi­cers.

Once the priest has solem­nised the marriage and the prospec­tive spouses have signed the marriage regis­ter, the priest must send the doc­u­ment to the depart­ment of home af­fairs.

As your priest wasn’t a marriage of­fi­cer it means he had no right to of­fi­ci­ate your wedding. There­fore you and your part­ner are not legally mar­ried.

You need to make an ap­point­ment at home af­fairs and get mar­ried there. There­after you’ll be is­sued with a marriage cer­tifi­cate.

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