Boy, nine, and his 62-year-old bride who has children TRIPLE his age, renew their marriage vows to make his dead ancestors happy


I am use to western culture but even the family members of the 62-yr-old woman who married to 9-yr-old boy have to defend their mothers choice of marrying a young boy who hasn’t even hit puberty yet.

Saneie wedding child

A nine-year-old schoolboy has become one of the world’s youngest grooms for the second time – marrying his 62-year-old wife again. Looking a little taller in last year’s silver tuxedo, baby faced Saneie Masilela clutched the hand of Helen Shabangu as they repeated their vows one year on. The second marriage ceremony was this time held at the home of the blushing bride in Ximhungwe in Mpumalanga, South Africa, in front of around 100 guests.

‘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.’ said the [mother of the groom], who works at a recycling centre, added : ‘I didn’t have a problem with it because I know it’s what the ancestors wanted and it would make them happy.’

‘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.’ said Saneie.

Old enough to be his grandmother, bride Helen, whose children are aged between 38 and 28, yesterday said she was still happy with the arrangement. 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. Helen’s husband of 30 years and builder Alfred, attended both wedding ceremonies along with the couples five children.

The 67-year-old added: ‘My kids and I are happy because we don’t have a problem with her marrying the boy – and I don’t care what other people say.’

Unfortunately, this story leaves me uneasy because for a marriage to be a legal marriage it has to be consummated, and a 60+ yr old woman with a 9 yr old boy is gross… right?

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