Saneie Masilela, 9, marries 62-year-old Helen Shabangu for second time to make it ‘official’ in bizarre South African nuptials

Boy, 9, marries 62-year-old woman, again
Sanele Masilela, nine, gets a kiss from his bride Helen Shabangu, 63, at their second ‘marriage’ (Picture: Barcroft)

A nine-year-old boy who sensationally ‘married’ a 62-year-old woman last year has wed her again to make the union ‘official’.

As he did first time round, young Saneie Masilela controversially kissed his bride Helen Shabangu at her home in Mpumalanga, South Africa, where the latest pretend wedding took place.

The family of the boy, and Mrs Shabangu, who was already married, were widely criticised after last year’s union but both were still unapologetic.

Saneie Masilela, wedding, South Africa
Sanele poses with Helen (Picture: Barcroft)

‘I didn’t have a problem with it because I know it’s what the ancestors wanted and it would make them happy,’ Saneie’s mother Patience Masilela, 47, said.

Mrs Shabangu, who said the wedding was just a ritual, played down the controversy and added the two of them were ‘just playing’.

Saneie Masilela, wedding, South Africa
Awkward: Saneie (L), Helen and her actual husband Alfred Shabangu (R) (Picture: Barcroft)

Saneie seemed more serious about the whole thing and said he married the mother-of-five because he loved her.

Despite this declaration he said he planned to marry a woman of his own age when he was older.

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