*In a ceremony that some villagers called “sickening,” 9-year-old Saneie Masilela remarried 62-year-old Helen Shabangu because he wanted to “please the ancestors.”
The wedding took place in Ximhungwe in Mpumalanga, South Africa in front of 100 guests, and little Saneie said he did it to make the marrieage “official.”
At the wedding, the boy was dressed in a silvery tux and held the hand of Shabangu, who has five kids aged 28 to 38. Saneie doesn’t appear to be placing any longterm allegiance to the “marriage” as he shares, “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. I chose Helen because I love her and, although we don’t live together all the time, we meet at the dumping site where my mother works regularly.”
“I’m very happy that the boy chose me and my family support and understand that it is part of making ancestors happy.
“One day Sanele would grow normally and have family of his own and get married one day, all this ceremony is for making ancestors happy. We are playing.”
Sanele’s 47-year-old mum, Patience Masilela said: “Sanele was fine and he was happy about the ceremony last year and it what he wanted – he was not shy.
“He was just happy to get married, very excited and was not embarrassed about it. So much so he wanted to do it again.
Read more about this shocking marriage at the Mirror here.