|Bride and gloom ... newlyweds Helen Shabangu and Sanele MasilelaPhoto from Sicko News|
OK, this is crazy, now I've seen and heard it all...well maybe not. But, it sounds like it was done as a favor for his grandfather before he dies and as a ceremonial celebration rather than an actual contractual and legally binding marriage.
She is already married and his family wished to see him marry before his grandfather dies so he did it. But it also sounds like it was done based on superstitious reasons as well. They don't live together and will not consummate the marriage from what it sounds.
The Sun News:
"A SCHOOLBOY aged eight ties the knot — with a woman aged 61.
Little Sanele Masilela got hitched in front of 100 guests to mum-of-five Helen Shabangu, who already has a husband.
The couple swapped rings and kissed in the ceremony in Tshwane, South Africa, which Sanele claimed his dead ancestors ordered him to arrange.
But he and his bride did not sign a marriage certificate and do not live together.
His family, who forked out £1,500 on the wedding, insisted it was only a ritual and was not legally binding.
Sanele 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 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."
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