OLD COUPLE TIES THE KNOT AFTER 52 YEARS OF LIVING TOGETHER
Motshegaletau Modiegi (77) and Oboneng Modiegi (71) have lived together as a couple for the past 52 years.
Last weekend the two who have 8 children together formalised their relationship on their son’s wedding day.
“When I told people around my community that I was going to be officially marrying my beautiful wife, they all thought I was crazy.
Many of them thought I have lost some marbles but God never set a specific time for marriage and I would like to call upon those who entertained the idea that they could be too old to get married to feel free to just do it if they really want to,” said Modiegi.
Grandpa Modiegi however revealed that he was forced to marry on the same day as his 49-year- old son because traditionally it would have been inappropriate for him to pay ‘lobola’ for the son before he could pay ‘lobola’ for his wife.
“I had to do the wedding ceremony for the sake of my son.
When he told me about his intensions to marry I was also forced to formalise things with his mother because it would have been very odd for my son to get married before me.
I paid lobola for him and for my wife too,” said the old man.
Scores of curious Thamaga village residents thronged the main ‘Kgotla’to witness the wedding.
“This must indeed be true love.
I never thought that people who have stayed together for such a long time would eventually decide to get married.
I am really shocked,” said one amazed wedding guest.
Meanwhile granny Oboneng expressed joy at being a ‘ blushing’ old bride.
“ Marriage symbolises a certain maturity and a different stage of one’s life.
I may be old in age but now that I am married it’s a clear indication that time for being playful is over and I have now officially entered the adult stage of my life,” said the mother of eight with a chuckle.
Quizzed on why they waited for so long to tie the knot the excited old woman said; “This is what God has ordained for me because apart from simple procrastination and being comfortable with the arrangement that we had already, nothing much stopped us from having a wedding.”
Commenting on the old couple’s ceremony Thamaga Principal Assistant District Officer, Thabo Mokoti said:
“I take it that young people who are not yet married will be nspired by this couple and do something.
This is what God wants and this union will surely be blessed.”