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March 11, 2013
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8-Year-Old Boy Marries 61-Year Old Mother of five

In South Africa, an 8-year old boy recently married a 61-year old mother of five in a ritual ceremony to appease the boy’s dead grandfather.   8-year old Sanele Masilela chose to marry Helen Shabangu, 61, who has 5 children, after the boy’s grandfather asked for him to be married before passing away.   For fear of having a curse placed on her family if she didn’t obey her father’s wishes, the boy’s mother, 46-year old Patience Masilela paid the 61-year old Helen over two thousand dollars to wed her son.   “Sanele is named after his grandfather, who has never had a white wedding before he died so asked Sanele to get married. He chose Helen because he loves her. 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.”   Thankfully, the grandfather did not ask for the marriage to be legitimized. The newlyweds did not sign a marriage certificate that would make them husband and wife legally.  

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