Sunday, September 27, 2009

Man weds 4 to save money

JOHANNESBURG - A SOUTH African man walked four brides to the altar, marrying them at the same time to save money and prevent cheating, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Although polygamy is legally recognised in South Africa, father of 10 Milton Mbhele was still unusual in organising the weddings at the same time.

The 44-year-old local government employee from KwaZulu Natal pledged his undying and equal love at a lavish white wedding held in a giant marquee in a sports field.

'This is the day I've been waiting for all my life,' said Mr Mbhele before taking his multiple vows,' reported the newspaper.

Mr Mbhele, in a white linen suit, and his four brides, wearing white princess gowns and tiaras, arrived together in a limo.

Mr Mbhele, who has seven children with his four brides and three from previous relationships, cited his Zulu 'culture' and economic reasons for the unusual wedding.

'It doesn't help to have one wife and have 30 girlfriends that drain you so much you end up with no money,' he said.

He said he loved his brides equally and there was good competition among them.

Eight cows will be slaughtered on Sunday at the groom's home for the traditional part of the ceremony. -- AFP

Source : The Straits Times

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