A bride and groom were among 50 people arrested by police at a wedding amid a coronavirus lockdown.
The wedding was crashed by the City of uMhlathuze Law Enforcement Unit in South Africa.
The City of uMhlathuze said on their Facebook page 50 people were arrested along with the couple and a pastor who was officiating the wedding.
“This will see the about-to-be newlyweds spending their honeymoon under stringent bail conditions,” the Facebook post said, which was accompanied by photos of the bride getting into a police vehicle.
Everyone who attended the wedding was taken to the police station, their cases were registered and bail arrangements were made.
“Their cases will be dealt with after the lockdown period,” the municipality said.
“They are charged for contravening amongst others the National Disaster Act and defying the Lockdown Regulations.”
The Facebook post also said 67 people had been arrested for not complying with regulations to stop the spread of COVID-19 in just the first week of South Africa’s 21-day lockdown.
The couple has not been identified.
“We are appealing to everyone to take this virus seriously and work with government to clamp it down before it ravages the whole nation,” City Mayor Cllr Mduduzi Mhlongo said, according to the post.
“The number of people being infected is rising sharply and now we are beginning to see people dying in our country like in the other countries of the world.
“The lockdown by government is aimed at stopping the spread and to assist people not to be exposed to the virus by sitting at home for the duration of the lockdown.”
The BBC reports South Africa has implemented “one of the world’s strictest lockdowns”.
According to Johns Hopkins data, South Africa has reported 1845 cases of COVID-19 and 18 deaths.
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