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8-Year-Old Boy Marries Woman, 61 In South Africa

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Feb 19, 2013 – 61-Year-Old Woman Marries 8-Year-Old Boy In South Africa Following Ancestral Ritual Order To Appease The Ancestors

Close to 100 people were witness to a most unusual wedding at the weekend.

The bride was 61 years old and the groom was an eight-year-old boy! Both families were present at the wedding of Sanele Masilela (8) and Helen Shabangu (61) and the bride’s husband and her five children were also at the wedding in South Africa.

The boy’s aunt, Patience Masilela (46), explained why the wedding took place.

She said: “The boy was named after his late grandfather who never had a white wedding, so the ancestors told the boy to get married and he chose Helen to be his bride. The family took his desire to get married very seriously. They paid  for the bride in March last year and spent a lot on the wedding because they believed it was what the ancestors wanted.”

The bride 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.”

The young groom said: “I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to. I chose her because I love her and I’m happy that I married her – but I will go to school and study hard. When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age.”

The bride’s long-time husband, Alfred Shabangu (65), said that he never had a problem with her marrying the boy because he too knew that it was what the ancestors wanted. My kids and I are happy. We don’t have any problems with it,” he said.

However, some community members said they were shocked.

One woman said: “How can a family go this far for the ancestors? It shows that people do take messages from the ancestors seriously.”

This was a not a legal marriage – it was only done for ritual purposes. The happy couple seal their marriage with a kiss. [Source: MyZimbabwe]

Signs of end time.



  1. Emeka Eze

    March 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    This is amazing, i don’t believe that

  2. Francois

    April 10, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    This is child abuse…

  3. oasis

    April 17, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    d time of ignorance has passed.d bible makes it clear dat 2 wil come 2geda 2 be one.he is married 2day,how then can he become one with another in d future( he wish to marry in d future). We shld not tag foolishness as civilization.let us fear God for it is a terrible thing 2 fall into d hand of d living GOD

  4. uchechi

    July 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    what a world

  5. Teekara

    August 31, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    This sin should be stopped immediately by the government pls

  6. wiper

    September 25, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    ve dey committed d highest sin…..u guys should keep ur stinking mouth shot coz most of u ve committed greater sins den ders…….look @ all of u claiming what u dnt no about freedom of worship ……..all of u here abandoned ur tradition in d name of christianty nd u cant differenct btw tradition nd religion nd christianty dat was brought 2 u by a white man ure here opening ure stinking mouth …..go face ure business give what belongs 2 God 2 God nd what belong 2 others 2 others. nd d end point of everything is death ……

    • Terri Harris

      June 22, 2017 at 2:37 AM

      Couldnt said it better myself!! These people on here want to talk about her getting married to somebody that’s older but they fell to realize that a lot of stuff plays into the marriage over there they don’t marry just cuz of love they marry because most likely their family is poor and the bribes/groom have money to make sure that both family is okay. Just because it’s taboo and the USA doesn’t mean it’s taboo everywhere else. And let’s be honest as Americans are not perfect. In fact we have done worse in everyday living then what they did..and for y’all that speaking on God and the Bible. I thought that was a scripture where it says thoy shall not judge me, for only He my father Can Judge Me.

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