Couple Discovers They’re Brother and Sister, Days Before Wedding

| by Michael Allen

The Sowetan, a South African paper, reports that a young couple realized, just days before their wedding, that they were long-lost brother and sister. The parents of the two apparently separated when the boy was two and the girl was a few months old.

In 2007, the two siblings met at an university and fell in love. Recently, the man proposed to the woman who he didn’t know was his sister and the two families met up this past weekend to arrange a lobola payment (the opposite of a dowery). It wasn’t until the father and mother met face to face that the truth was revealed.

The sister, who is eight months pregnant, stated: "So you can imagine how shocked we were when they broke the news. We are going to have a child together. We do not know what we will tell him when he grows up."

The lovebirds said they planned to separate and were discussing a way forward. "We can’t think straight at the moment and will just take everything one step at a time," said the brother.