It could cost Swazi nationals $2 200 to marry a foreigner

Published: 29/Juin/2018
Source: News24 (South Africa) / AFP

Parliamentarians in Swaziland began debating a law on Thursday that if passed would force Swazi citizens to pay $2 200 to marry a foreigner.

The government claims foreign men target women in the landlocked kingdom to secure the right to work in the country, and elsewhere on the continent, but later abandon them.

« The bill aims to protect Swazi ladies from the manipulation and abuse by their foreign partners who marry them for the sole purpose of getting our citizenship, » said government spokesperson Percy Simelane.

If the law is passed, mixed Swazi-foreign couples will be required to pay $2 200 to register their marriage in the country.

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Themes: Naturalisation et le mariage
Regions: Eswatini
Year: 2018