An eight-year-old schoolboy has ‘married’ a 61-year-old woman in Tshwane, South Africa.
Sanele Masilela tied the knot with Helen Shabangu, who is already married and a mother of five.
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Sanele said he married Helen in accordance with the wishes of his dead ancestors, a message his family took so seriously they provided Helen with £500 and paid a further £1,000 for the celebration.
Dressed in a bow tie and tiny silver suit, Sanele, the youngest of five children, exchanged rings in front of 100 guests and even exchanged a kiss with his new bride.
It’s already shocked the community but the family has defended the ceremony, saying it is a ritual and not legally binding.
Sanele’s 46-year-old mum, Patience Masilela said: “This is the first time this has happened in the family.
“Sanele is named after his grandfather, who was never had a white wedding before he died so asked Sanele to get married. He chose Helen because he loves her.
“By doing this we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn’t done what my son had asked then something bad would have happened in the family.
“I didn’t have a problem with it because I know it’s what the ancestors wanted and it would make them happy.”
The widow, who works at a recycling centre, added: “I would say that this is not wrong.
“Sanele was fine and he was happy about the ceremony and it was what he wanted. He was happy to get married and very excited.”
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