Married at last!

2019-12-17 06:00
Josiah and Rachel de Beer at their wedding.

Josiah and Rachel de Beer at their wedding.

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A Kensington couple got married after 25 years of waiting, thanks to good Samaritans at Goodwood magistrate’s court.

Josiah and Rachel de Beer tied the knot on Wednesday 20 November. It was a surprise wedding ceremony organised by the staff at the court.

Josiah says he still cannot believe it has finally happened after such a long time. He says they had some business at the interdict department when he got curious and asked about how the court helps those who want to tie the knot. A staff member excitedly explained and later asked if they would want to officiate their union.

It was a nice conversation for them, and they shared their details, little did they know the staff was serious.

They then received a call inviting them to court, it was the big day for them.

“We got there, it was so beautiful, it felt like those hired halls. It looked nothing like a court and there was everything. I am still thankful, and it changed our lives,” Josiah says.

He says after his two past wives passed many years ago, he got scared to get married, then his life fell apart and he struggled. By the time he started thinking about it, he had no money, but the love they both have for each other remained strong and kept them together to this day.

Josiah says people had started talking and were not respecting his relationship with Rachel.

“That has changed. Things were not going well, I asked the pastor and he told me I needed to get married and change my way. I was an old single man, smoking and living on my terms, but God wanted me to change. He made it happen. I feel different now and I am happy,” says Josiah.

He wishes to thank everyone who made their marriage possible. Today they confidently live together, and his wife is no longer disrespected in the community.

“I am trying to be a good husband,” Josiah says.

Kensington resident, Wayne Philander took to Facebook to congratulate the couple, saying: “It might not have been so fancy as the story books or Top Billing makes us believe, but it was a day to remember for this couple. The couple dressed up after more than 25 years of being together and got married. All thanks to the civil section of Goodwood magistrate’s court,” says Philander.

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