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Rain Queen heir Masalanabo Modjadji, 11, officially recognised by President Zuma

In a landmark decision, President Jacob Zuma has proclaimed the recognition of the queenship of the Balobedu tribe in Limpopo.

The first Rain Queen to be officially acknowledged in South Africa, she will join the ranks of 10 recognised Kings.

Masalanabo Modjadji is in line to become the next queen after her mother, the last rain queen (Makobo Modjadji) died in 2006.

The young royal is only 11-years-old and will be crowned when she comes of age, as Queen Modjadji the seventh.

According to Mathole Motshekga, lawyer for the Modjadji royal family, the princess is at boarding school and in the care of the Basic Education Minister.

He explains that Masalanabo Modjadji will be initiated into the practices of the Balobedu people over the school holidays.

Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha will appoint her a regent, most likely her uncle, Mpapatla Modjadji.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:


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