- Hundreds of Balobedu celebrated the return of their Rain Queen during a truly South African celebration on Saturday
- Mosalanabo Modjadji will be crowned as the next Balobedu Queen when she turns 18
- The Balobedu Queenship was restored by the government in 2016 after being relegated to a chieftaincy under the apartheid government
On Saturday, hundreds of Balobedu joined dignitaries such as President Cyril Ramaphosa, former president Jacob Zuma, Minister for Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathaba and Vha-Venda King Mphephu Ramabulana to celebrate the return of the Rain Queen.
The 13-year-old Mosalanabo Modjadji will be crowned as the seventh Balobedu Queen when she turns 18. Her queenship was restored by the government in 2016 after the apartheid government relegated the position to a chieftaincy in 1972.
President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the official celebration of the reinstatement of the queenship, he urged the future queen to concentrate on her education which would enable her to better serve her people.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa used the event to promote the role which women leaders had to play in South Africa. He met with Modjadji and her uncle who has served as her regent since 2005.
“Our traditional leaders must be in the forefront to restore the dignity of our people. During the ANC’s national conference, we took a resolution that land must also be returned to its rightful people,” Ramaphosa said.
The day’s festivities took place at the Mokwakwaila Stadium. Traditional dancers, as well as local artists such as Candy and King Monada, entertained the crowd and the gathered guests.
The regent expressed his thanks to Ramaphosa’s administration for recognising the queenship and helping the community build a strong foundation for the young queen. He urged the Balobedu people to give the government time to do its work.
The regent has asked Ramaphosa to recognise the Balobedu language, Ramaphosa said he would look into the request.
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