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Eight-year-old boy weds 61-year-old woman



The world’s youngest bridegroom, eight-year-old Sanele Masilela, tied the nuptial knot in front of 100 odd guests to a mother-of-five Helen Shabangu, 61-year-old and much older than his own mother.

The couple exchanged rings and kissed in the ceremony in Tshwane, South Africa, which Sanele claimed his dead ancestors ordered him to arrange, according to Huffington Post.

His family, who forked out £1,500 on the wedding, insisted it was only a ritual an

was not legally binding. Sanele reportedly said: “I told my mother I wanted to get married as I really did want to.

I’m happy that I married Helen. When I’m older I will marry a lady of my own age.”

The boy’s 46-year-old mum Patience said: “Sanele’s grandfather asked him to get married before he died. He chose Helen because he loves her. By doing this, we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn’t, something bad would have happened in the family.”

They paid £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the big day, which was organised in just two months, says the report.

Though the incident has already shocked the community, the family has defended the ceremony, saying it was just a ritual and not legally binding.

Patience Masilela said: “This is the first time this has happened in the family. Sanele is named after his grandfather, who never had a white wedding before he died.


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,” the report said.

Sanele and his bride did not sign a marriage certificate and do not have to live together. Both have gone back to their normal lives.  Despite being old enough to be his grandmother, bride Helen, whose children are aged between 37 and 27, was happy with the arrangement.

Helen, who also works at a recycling centre, said: “I'm married and have five kids of my own, but I know that this is what the ancestors wanted – and now they are happy.”

Her husband of 30 years, Alfred, 65, said: 'My kids and I are happy. We don't have problems with it but some of the community members were shocked,” the report said.


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