One year after nine-year-old Sanele Masilela caused controversy within his community by marrying 62-year-old Helen Shabangu in South Africa, the two managed to stir up more contempt by tying the knot a second time.
Shabangu, who has five children between ages 28 and 38, remarried the 9-year-old in a ceremony in Mpumalanga, South Africa. According to the Irish Mirror, the two repeated their vows in front of a crowd of about 100 guests in order to make the marriage “official.”
According to NewsOne, the initial wedding took place because the boy’s deceased grandfather, who shared his namesake, reportedly told the boy to have a wedding because he was unable to have one before he died. Both parties involved in the wedding claim that it was nothing more than a ritual carried out to honor Masilela’s ancestors.
“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,” the boy said.
Shabangu also already has a 66-year-old husband of her own.
“I’m very happy that the boy chose me and my family support and understand that it is part of making ancestors happy. 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,” Shabangu said.
As was the case after last year’s wedding, the two are expected to return to their lives as normal following the ceremony.