Child Marries Woman 53 Years Older Than Him

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Child Marries Woman 53 Years Older Than Him
Tue 22-07-2014

Saneie Masilela, 9, and Helen Shabangu, 62, tied the knot in a ritual aimed at pleasing their ancestors.

Saneie, from Tshwane, became one of the world’s youngest grooms last year when the then-eight-year-old married a 61-year-old Helen at his home.

He claimed he had been told by his ancestors to form a union with the mother-of-five, who is already married to Alfred Shabangu, 67.

Tradition states that a couple should declare their vows in both their homes so, this year, Saneie and Helen partook in another ceremony at the bride’s house in Ximhungwe, in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Saneie said: "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.’’