Boy renews vows with wife 50 years his senior

The bride wore white — the groom wore a bib.

Age is just a number for a 9-year-old boy and his 62-year-old wife, who have renewed their vows in South Africa.

Saneie Masilela, believed to be world’s youngest groom, remarried his bigamist bride, Helen Shabangu, recently as part of a local tradition, BuzzFeed reported.

The pair, both of Kildare village, first exchanged vows in 2013 after Saneie believed he was instructed to do so by his dead ancestors, according to the site.

While villagers have spoken out against the union, the boy’s mother, Patience, is fully supportive.

“I know it’s what the ancestors wanted,” she said, according to the BuzzFeed. “If we hadn’t done what my son had asked, then something bad would have happened in the family.”
Shabangu’s husband of 30 years, Alfred, said he — and their five children — approve of the marriage, too.

“My kids and I are happy because we don’t have a problem with her marrying the boy. I don’t care what other people say,” Alfred Shabangu said.

Saneie says that while he’s happy to have pleased his ancestors, he is not planning on letting the marriage get in the way of his future.

Like his wife, he also plans to become a bigamist.

“I’m happy that I married Helen, but I will go to school and study hard,” he said. “When I’m older, I will marry a lady my own age.’’

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