Govt dept gets flack for marriage advice 'from the dark ages'

2016-09-14 14:36

Cape Town - The Gauteng Department of Social Development's "Marriage Week" initiative backfired after their Twitter campaign started trending for all the wrong reasons.

The department hosted a talk, "Take a Stand for your Marriage", in Meyerton on Wednesday, where a number of speakers shared their views on marriage with the audience. The department shared these views on Twitter.

This was one of the department's tweets:

The above tweet has been deleted.

And a Twitter storm ensued. #marriageweek started trending, and not for the reasons the department had in mind.

The department then deleted all the #marriageweek tweets.

In an earlier press release, the department said National Marriage week was in response to the overwhelming number of fragmented marriages, and that it was seeking to highlight marriage as an institution that held families together. The department believed that stronger families were the backbone of a society.

The press release also quotes a marriage counsellor.

"God needs to be invited in marriage institution and couples must learn to master the art of communication. The department has given us a platform to enhance and express the beauty of being married. Marriage is indeed a beautiful phenomenon that should be encourage in our society, like any other institution there are challenging, but with God and love we can overcome such." said Mrs Sonia Howes.

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