This is one case where morality, dignity and common sense just go straight out the window. It defies all the modern concepts we have of what’s socially acceptable. An 8 year old South African boy married a 61 year old woman to fulfill the last request of his dying grandfather. Now, the request wasn’t for him to marry this particular woman, the grandfather merely wanted to see his grandson marry before he died, and it just happens that 8 year old Sanele Masilela was deeply in love, or so he said, with 61 year old Helen Shabangu, and according to the boy’s mother, 15 years younger than her daughter in law, “His grandfather asked him to marry before he died. He chose Helen because he loves her. With this act we made our elderly happy. If we had chosen otherwise something bad would happen to our family”.
The wedding took place in early 2013 and gathered around 100 guests, and the 8 year old groom said he was quite pleased with the weeding and also had this to add “I am happy with my marriage with Helen. When I get older i’ll marry a woman of my age”. – He’s already thinking of the “Til death do us part” part, which i’m certain won’t take long.
But in all seriousness, how and why on earth? If my grandfather ever asked me that at age 8 i’d tell him to take a hike. What kind of fucked up mindset is that? “Uh hey Sanele, see, i’m dying, so get yourself a woman and marry her, you’re 8, you’re old enough. If you don’t do this i’ll haunt your ass for as long as you live boy! You’ll see my ghost at every corner.”.
I can see what the kid did though… It was indeed a smart move. He’ll only have to put up with her nagging for a few more years and he’ll be free soon enough. If he had picked a much younger girl the shackles would be on for much, much longer.
Now I also wanna shed light on a pertinent point. If we reversed the situation, and it had been an 8 old girl marrying a 61 year old man instead, I bet people would consider it far more repulsive and unacceptable. Just another proof that misandry reigns in our society. Now don’t get me wrong, this behavior is unethical in my opinion no matter the gender, but I just wanted to highlight this hypocritical stance society takes. Circumcision is another example of this. Still widely practiced in many African and Asian countries, and not many people get upset about it, not even in the so called “developed world”. But female genital mutilation, on the other hand… Hold your horses, as everybody will drop a tear while turning a blind eye to circumcision… See what I mean? I’m not trying to sound sarcastic about this issue because it is a very serious one, but societal hypocrisy does really get on my nerves.
Back to this wonderful wedding, some people’s mentalities still reside in the stone age, and this is again yet another reason as to why multiculturalism and miscegenation are abhorrent and destructive ideologies. Simply because certain people cannot adopt a modern life style with a modern ethical conduct. Does anyone still have a doubt that this would be considered pedophilia if it had happened in any Western country? And should there be any more proof as to why Africa is still so incredibly underdeveloped? How can development occur with these sorts of mentalities?
Oh hold on… I think i’m starting to see spirits around me, and they’re getting angry! Quick, gimme an old hag to marry!