All 50 wedding guests, the pastor who conducted the ceremony in KwaZulu-Natal and the newlyweds themselves were arrested and taken to a police station outside Richards Bay for violating the lockdown rules in Sout Africa.
The couple was arrested just moments after they said their vows. Following the arrests, Mduduzi Mhlongo, the mayor of uMhlathuze, South Africa, where the wedding took place, released a statement criticizing the people for violating the coronavirus lockdown. „We want to make an appeal to our people to listen to what the government is saying. The number of people infected with the coronavirus is increasing and that is why it is so important for people to stay at home,” he said. A strictly nationwide ban on all public gatherings was imposed because of coronavirus. Nothing but essential movement is permitted, and there is even a ban on buying alcohol and cigarettes. South Africa has 1,655 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 11 deaths.
The illegal wedding
The lockdown has been imposed for an initial period of three weeks. Jabulani Zulu, 48, and Nomthandazo Mkhize, 38, the bride and groom, will be charged in accordance to the rules. '”For now I don't think they can have any reasonable explanation to be continuing with that wedding,” police spokesman Vish Naidoo said. Years of fighting HIV and tuberculosis has endowed South Africa with a network of testing sites and laboratories in diverse communities across the country.