This is the most bizarre, if not shocking, wedding we’ve ever reported: A little boy of 8 years marrying a 61-year old woman who already has five children and a husband!
The whole thing took place in Zimbabwe called Mamelodi East, Tswane, where about 100 people witnessed the ‘wedding’ of 8-year old Senele Masilela and 61-year old Helen Shabangu. Helen’s husband and five children were also there to ‘grace’ the occasion.
Why would a little, sexually immature boy marry an old woman? The boy’s aunt explains:
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 R7000 for the bride in March last year and spent R15,000 on the wedding because they believed it was what the ancestors wanted.
So it was for the ancestors, huh? Interesting. But what does the bride and groom have to say about their actions? Hear the old bride:
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.
And the lil’ 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.
Now why would a mother take seriously the sometimes-foolish desires of children? And if you think that Helen’s husband, Alfred (68) is pissed by the wedding, you are grossly mistaken. Look at what he said:
My kids and I are happy. We don’t have any problems with it.
And, before we forget – the marriage was even sealed with a kiss.
All for the ancestors.
[Image via Barcroft Media, H/T Huffington Post]