Did you read the story I posted two weeks ago of an eight-year-old schoolboy, Sanele Masilela, who got married to a 61-year-old mother of five, Helen Shabangu.
If you have not read the story, please click the following link to read it: “Eight-year-old schoolboy marries 61-year-old woman”.
Now, the boy told the Daily Mail recently that since the wedding, he has begun to feel like a married man.
He said: “The day was great and it was exactly what I had imagined it would be like.
“My friends thought it was really funny that I was getting married but I do now feel like a husband.”
The Sanele Masilela and Helen Shabangu do not live together, but the boy often goes to have dinner at the woman’s house , the Daily Mail reported.
Continue reading the Daily Mail’s report:
Dressed in a bow tie and tiny silver suit, little Sanele, the youngest of five children, exchanged rings in front of 100 guests and even puckered up for a kiss.
But, despite appearances, it wasn’t real, the marriage was just a ritual and not legally binding.
The couple do not live together but Helen is often invited to have dinner with him at the family’s home.
Sanele has gone back to his life and continues to enjoy school and playing football with his friends but admits that the wedding was important to him.
He added: ‘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.’
Sanele’s 46-year-old mum, Patience Masilela added that she believes the ceremony ‘was not wrong’ and that it has pleased the ancestors.
She said: ‘This is the first time this has happened in the family.
‘Sanele is named after his grandfather, who was 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.
‘I didn’t have a problem with it because I know it’s what the ancestors wanted and it would make them happy.’
‘Sanele was fine and he was happy about the ceremony and it was what he wanted. He was happy to get married and very excited.’