Princess Masalanabo Modjadji to Be Crowned As New Rain Queen After Balobedu Royal Council Endorsement

Princess Masalanabo Modjadji to Be Crowned As New Rain Queen After Balobedu Royal Council Endorsement

  • The Balobedu Royal Council has backed Princess Masalanabo Modjadji to ascend to the throne of the Balobedu nation
  • The princess was expected to be coronated after she turned 18 in January, but her brother, Prince Lekukela, decided to contest for the throne
  • The council says that Princess Masalanabo has its full support and will be crowned as the new Rain Queen

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LIMPOPO -The Balobedu Royal Council has endorsed Princess Masalanabo Modjadji to ascend to the throne of the Modjadji queenship.

Balobedu Royal Council endorses Princess Masalanabo Mojadji as next Rain Queen
Princess Masalanabo Modjadji was endorsed by the Balobedu Royal Council to be crowned the next Rain Queen of the Balobedu nation. Image: @CandleySeroba
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With the council's support, Princess Masalanabo wll crowned the new Rain Queen of the Balobedu nation.

Factions battle for throne of Balobedu nation

There has been a fierce battle for the throne since the late Rain Queen, Makhobo Madjadji, died in 2005.

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Princess Masalanabo was only a few months old at the time of Queen Makhobo Modjadji's passing, which led to her uncle, Mpapatla Bakhoma Modjadji, taking over as regent.

It was understood that once Princess Masalanabo turned 18, she would be crowned queen. However, the princess turned 18 in January, but her brother, Prince Lekukela, had already been installed as king in October 2022, IOL reported.

A royal faction led by Ronnie Morotshehla argued that Princess Masalanabo should instead take up the position of Khadikholo (great aunt) of the Balobedu nation.

Prince Lekukela's coronation broke a tradition in which queens had held the Modjadji throne for almost 200 years.

Balobedu Royal Council throws weight behind Princess Masalanabo

Despite the contestation for the throne, the Balobedu Royal Council chairperson, Phetule Mokoto, said the council supports Princess Masalanabo, SABC News reported.

Mokoto said:

“We know Masalanabo as the new Rain Queen and we are going to respect her and support her throughout... Now the Balobedu as a whole, the new incoming queen is Masalanabo, who is the queen of the Balodedu.”

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South Africans celebrated the news of Princess Masalanabo's endorsement

Below are some comments:

Mirriam Motang celebrated:

"I am happy about these developments."

Mamafetse Maja congratulated:

"Yes, finally! You go girl, you deserve it."

Bra K Lass asked:

"Finally! When is the coronation taking place?"

Khumbu Dube Waka-Tjazwagwa added:

"This is the good news I have been waiting for. In the BaKalanga (BaKgalaka) nation where I belong, we give her all the blessings, she deserves it."

Sabelo Mthombeni said:

"I am going to marry this one, that will make me a prince."

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Lerato Mutsila (Current affairs editor) Lerato Mutsila is a journalist with 3 years of experience. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pearson Institute of Higher Education in 2020, majoring in broadcast journalism, political science and communication. Lerato joined the Briefly News current affairs desk in August 2022. Mutsila is also a fellow of the 2021/2022 Young African Journalists Acceleration programme, which trained African journalists in climate journalism. You can contact Lerato at lerato.mutsila@breifly.co.za

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