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9 Year Old South African Boy Marries 62-Year-Old Woman…For the 2nd Time



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In 2013, BN brought you the news of an 8-year-old South African school boy who married a 61 year old South African woman to “make ancestors happy”.

He later spoke about his new life with the woman.

The boy – now 9 years old – Saneie Masilela is the world’s youngest groom for the second time after remarrying the 62-year-old woman he married last year.

Although other villagers and onlookers describe the nuptials as “sickening”, the young groom dressed in a silver tuxedo says he did it again to make the marriage “official”.

No minding the 53-year-age gap, they repeated their vows a year later in front of 100 guests. His bride Helen Shabangu is a mother of 5, with children aged between 28 and 38 years old.

The ceremony took place in front of Helen’s long-term husband Alfred Shabangu. He said “My kids and I are happy because we don’t have a problem with her marrying the boy – and I don’t care what other people say.”

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Both families claim the wedding is a simply “ritual” after the young school boy was told by his dead ancestors to wed last year.

The boy however hopes he would have a proper wedding to a woman his age in the future.

“I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to.

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. I chose Helen because I love her and, although we don’t live together all the time, we meet at the dumping site where my mother works regularly.”

Helen also told reporters that she is excited that Saneie chose her. “One day Sanele would grow normally and have family of his own and get married one day, all this ceremony is for making ancestors happy. We are playing.” she said.

The young boy’s mother is also fine with the wedding, telling journalists;

“He was just happy to get married, very excited and was not embarrassed about it. So much so he wanted to do it again.

After the wedding last year people keep asking them question like will they live together, sleep together, have babies but I keep telling them that after the wedding everything went back to normal – nothing changed.

Sanele moved to Venda not long after the wedding because he wanted to learn a new language, but they are very close. Our families are very close.

It was nice celebrate with a wedding once more, it was after all a calling from the ancestors.

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.”


Photo Credit: Mirror UK


  1. Annie

    July 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    mtchewwwww sickos everywhere…

  2. A-nony

    July 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    That picture of them kissing *Gags*

  3. Mustak

    July 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Yerimarella….. Ashierey woman!!!!

  4. ao

    July 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm


  5. +Rare Gem+

    July 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Freak news!

  6. maychinny

    July 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    i laugh in Spanish. This dnt know what they are doing to the boy.

  7. Idak

    July 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Dead ancestors also asked her to kiss the little kid and leave him traumatized for life.
    I wonder if the gogo got turned on by kissing the groom?

  8. damsel

    July 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I pity them all.

  9. That is sickening..

  10. toby

    July 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    This is child abuse

  11. Paul

    July 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    This is not funny!! there must be something fishing>>>

  12. Abeeee

    July 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm


  13. festuz

    July 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    dis z absolutly insane . ooh gush

  14. ifiok dominic

    July 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    then why say thrash to yerima?

    • Mademoiselle

      July 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      *say trash to/about OR *why thrash?
      Anyway, because wrong is wrong. It’s simply disgusting

  15. Dee one

    July 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    This is absolute rubbish…….

  16. Kina

    July 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Just horrified at the Kiss. What the heck did that signify. She didn’t even kiss her husband as long as she lingered on the kiss with the 6 year old. There is no difference between thus and a 6 year old girl getting tongue kissed by an old man. If she could do this in the full consenting glare of the public I just dread to think of what she is capable of when she’s left alone with this child. SICKENING

  17. mylittlecuteface

    July 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Why a second time? Whats the difference between the two ages that he had to repeat it?

  18. Lisa

    July 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Ultimate cougar

  19. opeoluwa

    July 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    It’s no suprise that civilization is yet to occupy the heart of some primitive minds. Deceiving themselves under the guise of some “ancestors”.

  20. le coco

    July 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    alot of southafricans still hv this sickening belief in their ancestors.. yet they think that nigerians r ritualists.. these southafricans can go to church today nd do ritual for their ancestors tomorow.. mtchew… nasty

  21. le coco

    July 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    to prove my point.. c d pastor there.. mtchew.. hw can u b a pastor nd then perform marriage ceremony

  22. eddo ouwafunke

    July 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    this is madness! in the highest level.

  23. Da praise

    July 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Arrant nonsense

  24. cicimileko

    July 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    this is a serious case of “OLOHUN MA JE KI A RI NKAN BURUKU” and as my lovely friends would say “TUFIAKWA”, “DAN BURU ‘BA SHEGE”…………………….the disgust is sooooooooooo strong makes me want to puke.

  25. @edDREAMZ

    July 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    May bad thing never come my way abeg… This is just SICK…..

  26. tobiloba

    July 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Pastor of life…

  27. John

    July 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    wow crazy

  28. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    July 19, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Puke-inducing event/story. It was just for the ancestors yet the pedophile kissed the boy……..for long. Shame! This continent of ours ehn?

  29. caesar

    July 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Pedophilia at its best!

  30. queen

    July 19, 2014 at 6:54 am

    We sure do have some crazy sh**t in Africa!

  31. Eniola

    July 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

    A Case of Wehrey Beliefs and Customs of People gone Berserk

  32. jkings

    July 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Poor Boy ! They have finished his young bright future ..

  33. estherbenson

    July 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    i tink they ned help n only God can will help dem. lol

  34. Laurie

    July 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    This is disgusting and I hope Child Protective Services becomes involved, especially if the adult woman has had any sexual contact with this child.

  35. Sap

    July 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Don’t know what to say.

  36. disgusted individual

    July 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    WHAAAAAT! what kind of pastor is that to be blessing such a union !? i feel sorry for this little boy’s future… strange forces are defo at work !

  37. irene

    July 21, 2014 at 5:53 am

    jagbajantist stupendious intete, he should have married his grand mother or great grand mother and y didn’t the ancestors attend the wedding? stupid people

  38. sum1special

    July 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

    People are sick oh. So the nine year old boy is legible to have sex with his grandma wife now or what? Wonders will never end

  39. mercii

    July 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    so their dirty ancestors are happy now? RUBBISH!!!

  40. Rafael

    July 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I like your creativity

  41. Aaron Salazar

    July 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    You guys are so – close minded.

  42. jagbade fejibaby

    July 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

    the boy is mad, his family are mad in fact all of them are mad

  43. Ghettodiva

    July 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    @le coco your statement about South Africans is really ignorant.

    • Aj

      July 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      I agree with you grettodiva becose we africans do have some of the best cultures out there. Everycontinent has its bad and good practices and our job as fellow africans is to educate each other on good and bad practices, but do not paint all african traditions and culture as barbaric.

  44. Aj

    July 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    This people need to be taken accountable for this is an abuse but only God knows waitin dey do this people sha


    July 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This boy parent are first class WERE (MADNESS) and their country people… cant digest it God forbid…

  46. OMA

    July 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    this is totally insane!

  47. sfe

    July 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    he says he is happy and loves her, give him three years and u will see how he will hate what he just did

  48. moneke

    July 31, 2014 at 4:02 am

    i dont understand this i just dont understand i cant even deal with this

  49. love

    July 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    very unfortunate.

  50. Blue dove of Kelly

    December 16, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I respect there culture if it doesn’t interrupt me and my religion and if the don’t have sexual contact.

  51. Njaiyeh

    January 31, 2015 at 8:19 am

    She should be in jail

  52. Tony Koncept

    July 21, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    this is strange

  53. victor

    October 8, 2018 at 2:23 am

    what the hell, this is madness

  54. drake

    May 19, 2020 at 8:41 am

    how true is this

  55. peter

    June 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    sad story, i really pity them

  56. Romanus

    September 18, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Hmmm, wonders shall never end

  57. emmy

    October 23, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    this is unbelievable

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