Home Affairs running campaign to make getting married easier

Minister Malusi Gigaba attended the weddings of twenty couples who tied the knot on Robben Island on Valentine's Day.

Grace Msibi renewed her vows on Robben Island as part of the Valentines Day celebrations.

CAPE TOWN – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department is running a campaign to make getting married easier.

Gigaba attended the weddings of twenty couples who tied the knot on Robben Island on Tuesday, an annual traditional falling on Valentine’s Day.

Newlyweds Chane and Jonathan Karelse were among twenty couples who said "I do" on Robben Island this year.

The couple could hardly contain their excitement as they exited the church.

“Spending time together, we’re very excited for that.”

Gigaba said the mass weddings, which take place every year on the island, serve as encouragement for people to get married for the right reasons.

Gigaba said his department is running a campaign to make getting married more convenient.

“The department has been running a campaign to ensure that we improve our systems to make marriages accessible to South Africans and more convenient to South Africans and all of the people who wish to get married in our country.”

Gigaba says in 2016 Home Affairs investigated and clamped down on 4,496 fraudulent marriages.

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(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)