In today’s WTF is going on in Africa news…
Sanele Masilela, 8, exchanged vows with 61-year-old Helen Shabangu after the ghost of one of his ancestors told him to. But get this, his bride is already married and has five children!
Sanele’s parents are saying the marriage is not legally binding, it is more ritualistic than anything. His mother, 46-year-old Patience Masilela, had this to say to critics:
“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.”
When asked how he felt about it all, Sanele said:
“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.”
Ya’ll read it. He really wanted to get married and is happy that he married her. I understand that it’s all for rituals and this and that, but is it going a bit far? I mean he actually kissed this woman!
Check out photos from their wedding below.