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 Tshwane, South Africa, said he had been told by his dead ancestors to wed and his family, fearing divine retribution, forked out for a wedding.
It’s not so much the silliness of the 8 year old that is at issue but rather the grotesque acceptance of this by all the adults involved, not least the 61 year old who now has an 8 year old husband. I suggest that South Africa has bigger issues than Nelson Mandela’s health.