An eight-year old schoolboy has married a 61-year old woman because the ghost of his dead ancestors told him to do so, DailyMail of London reports. Dressed in a bow tie and tiny silver suit, little Sanele Masilela exchanged rings with Helen Shabangu, who is already married and a mother-of-five, in front of 100 guests and even kissed the bride.
Masilela, who is from Tshwane, South Africa, the youngest of five
children, said he had been told by his dead ancestors to wed and his
family, fearing divine retribution, organised the wedding for him..
They paid £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the wedding, which was organised in just two months.
It’s already shocked the community but the family has defended the
ceremony, saying it was just 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 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
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.Sanele said he
hoped he would have a proper wedding to a woman of his own age when he
He added: “I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I
really did want to. 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.”
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. It is a ritual. We are just playing now,
but it is a sign that he will get married one day.” 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.”