PICS: 12 couples tie the knot on Robben Island for Valentine's Day

2018-02-14 13:34 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Twelve couples got hitched Wednesday at Robben Island's annual Valentine's Day wedding celebration, in partnership with the Department of Home Affairs.

The joyous occasion was presided over by Minister Ayanda Dlodlo who handed over the marriage certificates to the happy couples.

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According to Twitter user Saya Pierce-Jones the ceremonies were "all a bit chaotic but the 1st couple to have their declaration in isiXhosa has just brought this place to a stand still. The pride and symbolism is so power RN."

She also tweeted about 'drama' when one groom disappeared when he and his soon-to-be wife were called up next, but luckily he returned after having gone to look for their rings.

This has been going on for 18 years, and engaged couples can apply in September to rabiad@robben-island.org.za to participate in the nuptials next year, although it is quite a shotgun style wedding ceremony in the island's chapel.

This puts a whole new special South African spin on eloping.

Happy Valentines Day to the newlyweds!

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