On the surface, South Africa may seem like an ideal place to find love.
Its a country where marriage is the norm, and women are expected to lead and care for children.
But it is also a country of economic turmoil, a nation in which millions are struggling to make ends meet.
As the first ever honeymoon to end in a shooting incident, it was a perfect storm of circumstances that made the honeymoon a nightmare for many of the honeylovers on this year’s honeymoon.
The honeymoon started with a beautiful morning in the country’s capital city of Pretoria, but the evening was far from perfect.
The first thing that struck the tourists was the sight of police and security guards surrounding the hotel, ready to stop any visitors from entering.
The hotel was filled with people waiting to catch the plane, so many tourists were left with nowhere to go.
A group of couples went to a restaurant, but were unable to find anyone to meet.
So they headed to a nearby hotel and ordered a room, only to discover that there was no one there to accept them.
The hotel staff were not happy.
They were told that the couple was “trying to steal our honeymoon”.
The hotel manager then offered to help the couple find someone else to meet them, but they said no thanks.
So, they headed back to the hotel and started walking back towards the city centre.
When they arrived, they realised that they were the only guests there.
In the morning, the group decided to stay the night in the hotel because it had no electricity.
But there was only one power outlet in the whole city, so the hotel was forced to turn it off.
“When we woke up, the hotel manager was there,” one of the couples said.
“We asked her to charge the room, but she said we didn’t have any money.
She said, ‘There is no electricity in this place, so you can stay with us for a few nights’.
She didn’t even offer to pay the bills.”
After two nights in the same hotel, the couples were in a terrible predicament.
They had nowhere to sleep, and they had nowhere else to go, so they decided to take the bus.
But they were stopped by a security guard who told them that there were no rooms available.
The couples, desperate for a way out of the city, decided to leave the hotel to walk on foot.
When they got there, they found a large group of people waiting for them.
The driver of the bus gave them directions, and he told them to follow the bus towards the tourist district.
The couple and their driver were able to cross the city to get to the tourist area, but it was too late.
The bus had been stopped by police.
As they waited in the middle of the street for the bus to come, the couple noticed a policeman on his way to the police station.
The officer, in a white shirt, stopped the bus and ordered everyone on board to stand down.
He said, “You are all here illegally.
You must be here illegally, because you don’t have a ticket”.
The couple, in white shirts, asked for an explanation.
The policeman replied, “What you have done is illegal, so stop it”.
He then proceeded to tell the couples and the driver to take off their clothes, which they complied with.
After some shouting, the bus stopped.
The couples were left in the bus for about half an hour, unable to get off, and their bus driver took them to a hotel, where they spent another night.
But when they got home, they discovered that they had been detained by the police for “faking a honeymoon” and “obstructing traffic”.
The couple was also arrested and detained for three days.
They lost all their money, as well as their wedding ring, wedding gown and engagement ring, as they had no money to pay for their tickets back home.
The police, however, were more persistent.
They questioned them about where they had stayed and how they had arrived at the hotel.
The women had no idea what was happening to them.
“I have never been so scared in my life,” one said.
After a while, the police let them go, and then proceeded with their questioning.
When they were told they would be questioned again at a later date, the woman was shocked and asked what the police meant by “a honeymoon”, to which the police replied, that they would ask them to come to their hotel to give them the details.
“They told us to lie to them and to give us a false number,” she said.
The police then left, and she and her husband had no way of finding a replacement.
In some cases, the honeymoons ended in violence.
One woman, who was married for a decade, told us