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Many young South African men have paid lobola to their bride's family as part of an age-old African tradition. A young South African man was recently spared the expense by his bride's family who has said that there are better things the couple can do with the cash.
He explained how he paid R65,000 for the bride's bride lobola. However, when his family offered the money to her family, they refused, choosing only to take the money they had used to buy food with R20,000. According to the family, the young couple can use the R63K to start their lives together.
In an exciting plot twist, the man also explained that the family had told their daughter to keep R40,000 for a ceremony, which they said they would pay for it themselves, and the couple now has R100,000 for their lives.
"I'm so excited last weekend I sent my family to pay lobola for me, I was charged R65000 when my family arrived they paid and were given R63000 back to give to me n my wife to go Kickstart our new marriage 2000 deducted was just for food they prepared for the 2 families," he wrote happily.
The post sparked heated debate online, users shared their thoughts as following:
"This is how 'lobola' is supposed to be done. The family unit and help the new couple to start the loving home. You have blessings from ancestors from both families."
"Sounds like you have been blessed with an amazingly supportive family."
"What a lovely family you’re marrying into. Well done. Now look after each other, this is a wonderful opportunity you’ve both been given. Don’t buy expensive homes cars etc. invest in a sure way to grow your wealth—restraint now will give you financial freedom down the line!"
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