Engaged South African couple discovers they are brother and sister

The brother and sister met again in 2007 while at college. They instantly fell in love and have since been together five years. Their single parents never met throughout their five-year relationship until last weekend. The couple was engaged to be married and the woman is eight months pregnant. The couple has since decided to break off their engagement, but neither know what they will tell their child when he grows up.


As in many cultures, incest is taboo in South Africa. However, research shows that sexual attraction is common among siblings who do not grow up together. A study in the British Medical Journal found that 50 percent of siblings separated at birth experienced strong sexual attraction when reunited.


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An anonymous South African couple was devastated last weekend when they brought their families together for the first time and realized they were long-lost brother and sister.

The couple's parents separated in 1983 after the father caught his wife cheating. The father took the couple's 2-year-old son to raise while the mother cared for the 8-month-old daughter. The two children were raised 50 miles apart without knowing about each other.

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