- President Ramaphosa has urged the heir of the Balobedu Queenship to focus on her education in order to better serve her people
- The Balobedu Queenship is the first queenship in South Africa to be officially recognised after it was relegated to a chieftaincy position under apartheid
- Queen Modjadji will be coronated when she turns 18, her uncle has served as her regent since 2005
President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the Queenship celebrations in honour of the Balobedu Queen in Limpopo over the weekend. The Balobedu Queen is also known to her people as the rain queen.
The Balobedu Queenship is the first queenship to be officially recognised by the South African government, it was formally recognised in March 2016 after being relegated to a chieftaincy position by the apartheid government.
Queen Modjadji will be coronated when she turns 18, her uncle has served as her regent since 2005 when her mother passed away.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa said the recognition of the Balobedu Queenship demonstrated the acknowledgement of women’s leadership roles in South Africa and our society.
Ramaphosa described the celebration of the queenship as a historic moment for the country.
“This is a really historic occasion and we are also privileged to have been given the opportunity to participate in such an occasion. As we mark this historic occasion, as we celebrate we also mourn the passing of the mother of the nation, Mama Winnie,” he said.
Ramaphosa met with the incoming queen and her uncle, the current regent as well as other dignitaries.
The president said the incoming queen’s mother, Queen Modjadji the fifth, had suffered persecution at the hands of the apartheid government purely for the reason of being a woman.
Ramaphosa said the restoration of the Balobedu Queenship would restore the community’s dignity which was damaged when the queenship was relegated by the apartheid government.
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