8-Year-Old Boy Marries a 61-Year-Old Mother of Five

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  • We’re still trying to wrap our heads around this story.

    An 8-year-old South African boy just tied the knot with a 61-year-old woman and mother of five to make his ancestors proud, reports RadarOnline.com.

    Sanele Masilea said it was his deceased grandfather’s wish for him to be married. His family then arranged for him to jump the broom with Helen Shabangu because he loves her.

    “Sanele is named after his grandfather, who was never had a white wedding before he died so asked Sanele to get married,” his mother, Patience Masilela said. “He chose Helen because he loves her.”

    Clad in a black and silver suit, the boy exchanged vows in Tshwane, South Africa in front of 100 guests. Oh, and they sealed the deal with a kiss.

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    6 thoughts on “8-Year-Old Boy Marries a 61-Year-Old Mother of Five

    1. Just when you thought you’ve heard it all somthing tops it. WTH is this even legal and where is social services when you need them most? Somebody needs to be in jail!

    2. WHT?! – It this 8 year old was a girl marrying a 65 year old man – we all would be up in arms about child abuse. Why are we not up in arms about this one. His grandfather said he should get married – maybe someone in the village is under age 15 that he could have married. Did he marry his grandfathers girlfriend or wife? It is hard to discern the details because the story is not well written. I do understand about the belief that the dying wishes of an elder should be adhered to but – 65 years old- REALLY?! I know there is someone younger for him to marry on paper (NO CONSUMMATION) . But I am still perplexed that this is ok but an 8 year old girl would be a different story – 8 years old is a baby no matter what gender and should be protected.

      • I think you need to read the article again because this wedding was clearly a “symbolic” wedding. It states that it was not legally binding and the little boy will marry a woman his own age when he is ready. He chose the 65 yr old woman because the little boy loved her. She was probably a babysitter or an adult that cared for him and possibly his siblings.

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