Support our application to designate Secular Marriage Officers
Update June 2018
We have actively been involved with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to conclude the matter for The South African Secular Society (SASS) to legally register marriage officers. Unfortunately, DHA has moved the goalposts (after discussion with them, we believe for the last time). We now need ID numbers too for our supporters list. Could you please resubmit your details and add your ID number.
Sorry about that, and thank you again, for helping SASS, again!
The South African Secular Society (SASS) is in the process of registering with the Department of Home Affairs as an organisation that is allowed to legally register marriage officers. A marriage officer is a person who is designated by the Department of Home Affairs to legally perform marriages under the Civil Union Act (Act 17 of 2006).
One would normally associate marriage officers with religious practitioners, such as ministers, priests, rabbis etc. who perform marriage rituals and ceremonies under the name of a religion or a deity. However, a growing number of people wish to marry legally in a secular, non-religious ceremony. This is made possible under the Civil Union Act (Act 17 of 2006).
In order to be allowed to legally register marriage officers, the South African Secular Society needs to provide the Department of Home Affairs with at least 250 names of official members. This membership list serves as a proof of existence.
Will you help us?
We use this form to collect the names and details of all our secular supporters and, to the best of our ability, ensure that details provided are true and not fabricated.
For this reason we ask you to fill-in and submit the form. You also need to tick the captcha (“I am human”) tick box, as well as validate your email by following a link we will email you, to complete the process.
We also require your province and date of birth, to show that the member is of legal age.
Your details will be provided to the South African Home Affairs Department only for their approval, allowing the South African Secular Society to appoint their own marriage officers. In accordance with existing and forthcoming legislation (POPI), we undertake to respect your privacy and adhere to best practices in ensuring the safety of your data.
We are making use of mailing lists to ensure proper and effective management of our communications.