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8 years old boy marries 61 years old woman in South Africa

mars 12-2013 | Skandik Afrik | News

    An eight year old school boy Sanele Mesilela tied the knot with a 61 years old woman Helen Shabangu, a mother of five children in Tshwane, South Africa.

  The groom, Sanele married Helen according to Huffington Post in accordance with the wishes of his dead ancestors, a message his family took so seriously and his family provided Helen with £500 and paid another sum of £1000 for the celebration. Sanele is named after his grandfather who has never had a white wedding before he died, asked Sanele to get married and chose Helen because he loves her. 

  The little eight years old dressed in bow tie and silver suit and shared a kiss with his new bride in front of 100 guests. The family said it was a ritual, part of traditional values of African and not legally binding.

  Helen, whose children are aged between 37 and 27 with her husband of 30 years have no problem with the arrangement.  Even though the ceremony shocked the entire community, both parties have since returned to their normal lives.

Young Sanele reiterated that he hoped he would have a proper wedding to a woman of his age when he is older.

See more pictures from the wedding 






Photo credit: Huffington Post


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2014-11-15 20:23:22 | Kim!

well

Okay so I'm almost a teenager and I want to marry a 30 year old so.... they do have a bigger age difference, but he just wants his an esters to be happy. It's not like they live together or anything.

2014-10-13 16:01:04 | Ntwanano Nuja

mxm

how crazy women it dat.

2014-07-25 19:07:36 | steph

uh huh

Just because there was a wedding doesn't mean they had sex. They both went back to their normal lives. Sure, it's strange, but people have done stranger things...

2014-07-23 12:00:12 | Veritia Boque

Cynquon

According to the little boy's statement,when he is old enough to decide,he hopes to really marry a fitting woman of his own choice.Even HE knows this is wrong!

2014-07-22 06:21:17 | Nijah Fowlkes

Ratchet

This Cicely Tyson-clone-of-a-granny married an 8-year-old just so "his ancestors can live in peace"?! I don't care whether it was for show or not- that is statutory rape and this woman having sex with that boy will obviously crush him like squishing a cockroach! No, no, no, no, no!

2014-07-17 09:30:38 | SHERIEN

SICK SICK SICK

this woman is sick. how can edecated people allow this. how can this be allowed. If it was a man he would have been arrested. now its culture ONCE AGAIN IT IS RUBBISH, IT IS SO SAD

2014-07-17 09:30:38 | SHERIEN

SICK SICK SICK

this woman is sick. how can edecated people allow this. how can this be allowed. If it was a man he would have been arrested. now its culture ONCE AGAIN IT IS RUBBISH, IT IS SO SAD

2014-07-17 09:30:37 | SHERIEN

SICK SICK SICK

this woman is sick. how can edecated people allow this. how can this be allowed. If it was a man he would have been arrested. now its culture ONCE AGAIN IT IS RUBBISH, IT IS SO SAD

2014-06-10 23:47:03 | nuel

insanity

This is total insanity , no hard feelings but I thought south Africans have grown past this kinda era , really sad ,,,,,,,,,,, hard as it might sound their faith works for them.

2014-04-10 21:51:03 | Sifa

Question

Is there any relationship between the dead and the living? juz asking

2013-07-24 13:13:51 | mr chay

it is a lovely love

read in my site http://hearb.blogspot.com/

2013-07-12 11:34:32 | steven

sad

what a sad. i aganaist the marriege

2013-03-16 10:43:10 | c. okumu

Not african

The grandfather might have been confused.White wedding is western culture and not african culture.He should have chosen an adult to marry in traditonal african culture.

2013-03-12 17:05:03 | Mikeal

Oh lalala

So, is the dead father asked him to kiss too? Maybe, l will suggest he goes all the way down to fulfil the dad wishes.

2013-03-12 15:03:02 | Ade

WOO!!!

I can't even imaging this.

2013-03-12 12:02:17 | Mona

What a shame

Is this a joke or real. Very disgusting

2013-03-12 10:07:20 | fatmata i kamara

Mama take it easy with de Boy

This is wonderful to see, u will n't belive it ooooooooohh

2013-03-12 08:38:45 | marry

marry

actually like it is stated the marriage is not legally binding. the marriage was a show to calm done the ancestors other than that both woman and boy where to go back to their ordinary lives. so the marriage is just for show as disturbing as it may be to see.

2013-03-12 08:06:41 | mariam B

wat

wats the logic behind this shame? wat is goin on in africa today.....does this truely manifest the endof the world?

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