South Africa abuzz over interracial gay TV wedding

The latest episode of Our Perfect Wedding, featuring an interracial gay couple and a polygamous bisexual pastor, has both charmed and outraged South Africans.

On Sunday night’s Mzansi Magic reality show, viewers were introduced to Simphiwe, 26, and Riaan, 43, an engaged couple who first met on Facebook.

“One day we were chatting and chatting and I just decided, ‘Well that’s it, I want to meet this guy’,” said Riaan. “And I drove all the way… and met up in Witbank. He just grabbed my attention immediately. And from there on it was just a question of ‘wow’.”

Simphiwe’s grandmother gushed over the relationship and its impact on him. “Since he’s been with Riaan his life has changed drastically,” she said. She also gave the emotional couple her blessing to marry.

Sadly, Simphiwe revealed that Riaan’s family had not accepted him because he is a black man. “That’s the only problem, because they know that Rian is gay…”

Simphiwe also said that he had faced questions about the race and age of his partner. “People would insult me, asking me what I’m doing with this old white man. They tried to separate us but we survived it all.”

Riaan added: “I don’t care what people are saying. It’s time that they realise that there is true love and interracial love does exit.”

In the episode, viewers also got to meet Pastor Kolobe, who married the couple. He told the surprised guests at the wedding that he is in a polygamist marriage to a man and a woman. “I’ve built houses for both of them,” said the cleric proudly, also revealing that he had 20 children. “Everyone lives their lives as they see fit,” he added.

The pastor was lambasted on social media for quoting a Bible verse, 2 Samuel 26:1, which does not exist. It was later pointed out that he was probably referring to 2 Samuel 1 vs 26. which quotes King David: “I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.”

The loving couple married wearing matching white suits with gold trimming. While the day was an emotional, memorable and happy one, Riaan’s family did not attend the wedding.

Social media reacted to the episode with a mix of delight, shock, disbelief and homophobic disgust. It became a trending topic on Twitter, with many even calling for Pastor Kolobe to be given his own reality show.