The man who took the video of Hector Kansi proposing to his girlfriend Nonhlanhla has spoken out about it.
Kateka Malobola’s video went absolutely viral after KFC South Africa re-shared it on Twitter earlier this week, racking up 2.9 million views so far.
In another video he posted on Friday, Malobola described the proposal as an expression of “genuine love.”
‘The whole country’s got a wedding’
He said, “So this is me, very teary right now. That was just an honest video. I was as surprised as the other people that were there, watching this man propose to his lady that was overjoyed, very shy but overjoyed.
“I really didn’t make much of it. I took the video and sent it to a group that I’ve got in my WhatsApp to say, ‘Check this out.’ And I put it on Facebook, put it on Instagram and boom, the whole country’s got a wedding!”
Malobola went on to describe Hector as “brave” for proposing in front of everyone. He said, “It’s not even about the video, it’s about love. I’m not as brave as he is.
“He went down in front of everyone at KFC… and flip, there it was – the man proposed. And it’s genuine love.”
He urged those who are “looking down” on the simple proposal to “embrace this thing called love.” Watch his video below.
KFC proposal story goes global
Thanks to Malobola’s viral video, the beautiful couple has received dozens of offers from ordinary citizens, celebrities and corporates to sponsor various aspects of their wedding and honeymoon.
The offers include a fully paid Cape Town holiday, inclusive of flights and 5-day accommodation, by Kulula.com. Popular wedding planner Precious Thamaga also offered her services pro bono.
Celebrities also chipped in, with singer Zakes Bantwini offering to perform at the couple’s wedding for free.
The outpouring of goodwill for Hector and Nonhlanhla has now caught the attention of global and continental news platforms.
BBC News Africa published the story on its website on Friday with the headline, “Twitter goes wild for South African KFC marriage proposal.”
The US-based Washington Post also published it with the title, “A couple got engaged at KFC. Then South Africa united to find them – and pay for their wedding.”