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does anyone know how to become a marriage officer in south africa?
what do i need, what does it cost, how long does it take etc?
i think it'll be cool to marry people.
Do you need to belong to a church or denomination in order to become a Marriage officer?
Thanks, i guess my next step is to phone home affairs and find out.
btw, if you're a marriage officer, does that make you a commissioner of oaths as well?
how do athiests get married if there are no non-religious marriage officers to marry them?
Very informative thread this, I wondered why they say donations are welcome.
In your opinion what is a decent donation? She will be driving about 30km's.
Not all athiests want to get married at Home Affairs...
My question was more about how a person goes about becoming a marriage officer if they're an athiest.
For the record, I'm already married.
The Marriage Act of 1961 prohibits any Marriage Officer from demanding or receiving any gifts or remuneration for performing his civil duties.
So yeah, that guy is in violation of the law as it currently stands.
There is a proposal in the 2009 draft amendment to change this particular part of the law, but it has not been accepted yet.
You can recover any associated costs, travel, food, lodging, etc. But you cannot charge for the actual ceremony or filling out of forms.
It is a well know fact that many ministers violate this law, even Home Affairs officials. The fact that they are not prosecuted only speaks of improper enforcement.
But the law is very clear on that point.
Anywhere from R300 for a very basic ceremony to R1000 if the time investment involves several hours of her time.
At least that seems logical to me.
I've heard of some Marriage Officers demanding more than R3000 for a ceremony and I think those guys should be throw in jail... as the act says.