The story of A 9-year-old boy who married a 62-year-old woman to appease his dead ancestors is just but unbelievable. This happened in South Africa years ago.
Aged just 8, Sanele was the world’s youngest groom, and married the bride 53 years his senior at his home
Sanele Masilela, 9, married Helen Shabangu, 62, for the second time, after marrying her year earlier as part of a ritual.
It is tradition that the ceremony is then repeated at the bride’s home in order to make their marriage ‘official’
Dressed in a silvery tuxedo, baby-faced Saneie clutched the hand of mother-of-five Helen Shabangu – her children are aged between 28- and 38-years-old – as they repeated their vows a year on in front of 100 guests.
The Mirror reports that Masilela was visited by dead ancestors who told him to wed Shabangu.
Some in the villiage of Ximhungwe have called the whole thing “sickening.” However, the two will not live together and Sanele said he still plans to marry a woman his own age when he is older.
“I’m very happy that the boy chose me and my family support and understand that it is part of making ancestors happy,” Shabangu said.
“One day Sanele would grow normally and have family of his own and get married one day, all this ceremony is for making ancestors happy. We are playing.”
Both families claim the wedding is simply another ‘ritual’ after Saneie was told by his dead ancestors to wed last year and his parents forked out £500 for the bride and another £1,000 for the ceremony.
The school boys said ‘I’m happy that I married Helen – but I will go to school and study hard.’
“When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age. I chose Helen because I love her and, although we don’t live together all the time, we meet at the dumping site where my mother works regularly.”