Explaining the timeline of events, the groom had this to say:
* They met and fell in love in 2010
* In 2011, the lobola negotiation began
* In 2012 they got married in a ceremony
* Lived together until last year 2018 then took out the remainder of the lobola money.
* Pressure from the church led them to have a formal wedding but not quite what they had envisioned.
* Groom bought her rings but very satisfied with them
* "I don't work so I have enough money to give my wife Nonhlanhla a befitting wedding / jewelery but wanted to do something small"
* Skip to this week, "I decided to come to KFC to give her a little surprise with a meal"
* "Didn't tell the family anything; wanted it to be a complete surprise to everyone"
* "Team members at KFC helped bring food to the ring. Then I went on my knees with everyone around us "
* Nonhlanhla (bride): I was totally surprised by the paper wrapped ring / s
In a statement released to SowetanLIVE, the love birds who got engaged on Wednesday say they are overwhelmed by the support and would like privacy while they process the day's events.
“Thank you South Africa. Your kindness has truly warmed us. We would have never imagined that our love story would have touched so many of you. While we appreciate the support, we ask that you please give us a moment to take it all in. We will definitely let you know about our wedding plans, ”they said.