Child bridegroom: Eight-year-old boy marries 61-year-old woman after 'dead ancestors told him to tie the knot'
An eight-year-old schoolboy has married a 61-year-old woman because the ghost of his dead ancestor told him to.
Sanele Masilela tied the knot with Helen Shabangu, who is already married and a mother-of-five.
The boy, from
, said he had been told
by his dead ancestors to wed and his family, fearing divine retribution, forked
out for a wedding. Tshwane, South Africa
They paid £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the big day, which was organised in just two months.
Ceremony: The schoolboy kisses his 61-year-old bride, who is already married and a mother of five. He said he had been told to tie the knot by his ancestors
With this ring: The boy's family say the wedding was simply a ritual and not recognised in law
The big day: Mrs Shabangu is already married and has five children with Alfred, a builder
The couple pose in traditional costume. The £1,500 cost of the wedding included £500 for the bride
Given away: Sanele walks to his wedding with his mother as people look on. The ceremony shocked some people in the community