A 9-year old boy from South Africa recently renewed his vows to a woman that is 53 years older than him.
Sanele Masilela and Helen Shabangu of the city of Tshwane, South Africa got married in 2013 claiming that it was a request of the spirits of their dead ancestors. The vows needed to be renewed due to a local tradition which states that the vows have to be repeated at the bride’s home in order for the marriage to be valid and official.
Even though they are married, the mother of the boy, Patience, has told the media that the marriage is only symbolic. The couple does not live together or engage in any sexual activities.
She stated in an interview, “I know it’s what the ancestors wanted. If we hadn’t done what my son had asked, then something bad would have happened in the family”
The 9-year old boy stated, “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.”