An eight-year-old boy married a 61-year-old married woman in South Africa, after claiming his "dead ancestors" told him to tie the knot.
The boy, Sanele Masilela, got hitched to Helen Shabangu, who is already married and a mother of five. Sanele's family, fearing divine retribution, forked out for the wedding.
The family has also defended the wedding ceremony, saying it was just a ritual and no legal process involved. The couple did not sign a marriage certificate and do not have to live together.
"Sanele is named after his grandfather, who was never had a white wedding before he died so asked Sanele to get married. He chose Helen because he loves her," said the boy's 46-year-old mother Patience Masilela.
"By doing this we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn't done what my son had asked then something bad would have happened in the family," she added.
Sanele meanwhile expressed happiness for marrying Helen, but said he will go to school and study hard. "When I'm older I will marry a lady my own age."
The bride, whose children are aged between 27 and 37, said she was happy with the arrangement. "I'm married and have five kids of my own, but I know that this is what the ancestors wanted - and now they are happy."
"It is a ritual. We are just playing now, but it is a sign that he will get married one day."
[With report from Mail UK. Photo: Dimakatso Modipa, Barcroft Media]