Bride and groom are bundled into a police car after breaking coronavirus lockdown in South Africa 


Jabulani Zulu, 48, and his bride Nomthandazo Mkhize, 38, said

Bride and groom are bundled into a police car and their 40 guests are arrested after breaking coronavirus lockdown rules to hold ceremony in South Africa

  • Jabulani Zulu, 48, and Nomthandazo Mkhize, 38, said ‘I do’ in KwaZulu Natal
  • But their wedding was raided by South African army officers brandishing guns
  • South Africa is on its second week of lockdown to slow coronavirus spread 
  • Arrest in KwaZulu Natal province came as death toll hit 11 with 1,600 infected

A bride, a groom, a priest and 40 guests were arrested after defying lockdown rules for a wedding in South Africa. 

Jabulani Zulu, 48, and his bride Nomthandazo Mkhize, 38, said ‘I do’ in KwaZulu Natal province shortly before South African army officers stormed their wedding brandishing guns and wearing face masks.

The country is on its second week of a nation-wide lockdown to slow the spread of the virus, which has killed 11 people and infected more than 1,600.

Jabulani Zulu, 48, and his bride Nomthandazo Mkhize, 38, said ‘I do’ in KwaZulu Natal province shortly before South African army officers stormed their wedding. The bride was escorted into the police car by her groom

Footage taken after the raid shows the groom helping his wife – still clad in her gown – into the back of a police car.

They were arrested for breaching rules set out in the Disaster Management Act but were released on £43 bail, the Zululand Observer reports.

A concerned member of the public called the police to report the party.

The officers stormed their wedding brandishing guns and wearing face masks because they defied South Africa's Disaster Management Act

The officers stormed their wedding brandishing guns and wearing face masks because they defied South Africa’s Disaster Management Act

Appearing in a broadcast on a South African news channel ENCA, police spokesman Vish Naidoo said: ‘When they got there they arrested the pastor, the pastor, the bridal couple as well as approximately 40 other people.’

When asked by the anchor: ‘Was the pastor not aware that we are in a lockdown at the present moment?’

The spokesman replied: ‘Well, I think the whole nation is aware. But people are still trying to take chances not realising the seriousness of this virus.’

Footage of the arrest shows the bride being forced into the back of a police car wearing her wedding dress in KwaZulu Natal province

A bride, a groom, a priest and 40 guests were arrested after defying lockdown rules for a wedding in South Africa

 Footage of the arrest shows the bride being forced into the back of a police car wearing her wedding dress in KwaZulu Natal province

The deadly bug has infected more than one million people and killed at least 69,500.

He added: ‘For now I don’t think they can have any reasonable explanation to be continuing with that wedding. 

‘We will be interviewing each one individually and the charges will be put to them.’

It comes as experts suggest South Africa’s knowledge and and infrastructure to conduct mass testing might give them an advantage in battling coronavirus. 

Years of fighting HIV and tuberculosis has endowed South Africa with a network of testing sites and laboratories in diverse communities across the country that may help it cope, say experts.

Appearing in a broadcast on a South African news channel ENCA , police spokesman Vish Naidoo said: 'When they got there they arrested the pastor, the pastor, the bridal couple as well as approximately 40 other people'

The spokesman said 'people are still trying to take chances not realising the seriousness of this virus'

Appearing in a broadcast on a South African news channel ENCA , police spokesman Vish Naidoo said: ‘When they got there they arrested the pastor, the pastor, the bridal couple as well as approximately 40 other people’

Health experts stress that the best way to slow the spread of the virus is through extensive testing, the quick quarantine of people who are positive, and tracking who those people came into contact with. 

Francois Venter, deputy director of the Reproductive Health Institute at the University of Witswatersrand, said: ‘We have testing infrastructure, testing history and expertise that is unprecedented in the world.

‘It is an opportunity that we cannot afford to squander.’

The country imposed a three-week lockdown March 27 that bought it some time, said Venter.

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