By Angie Nkuna
TZANEEN- A celebration to mark the official recognition of the Modjadji Queenship took place at Mokwakwaila stadium in the Bolobedu area on Saturday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, Former President Jacob Zuma, government officials and guests from outside the country, were amongst those in attendance.
The Queenship was restored in 2016 after the apartheid government relegated it to chieftaincy status in 1972.
Some of the community members said they are so glad that for the very first time in the history of South Africa their queen will get that status.
“It’s a real prestige, it’s an indication that our country, our democratically elected government can listen and hear, the plea of the people, we are so humbled.”
“We are all proud of our rain queen, the only rain queen in the country, and in the world if possible,” added some of the members.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the heir of the Balobedu Queenship Masalanabo Modjadji to focus on education because it will enable her to serve her people well.
Queen Modjadji will be coronated when she turns 18 taking over from her uncle who has been her regent since the death of her mother in 2005.
Ramaphosa says the recognition of queenship demonstrates the acknowledgement of women’s leadership role in the country.
“It’s truly a historic milestone in democratic South Africa we live in today. The president of the Republic recognises the Balobedu community as the first queenship in South Africa. Two years ago, this was the historic restoration of the dignity of the Balobedu,” said Ramaphosa.