Pretoria’s Palace of Justice has dismissed with costs, an urgent application aimed at preventing a ceremony to install Lekukela Modjadji as King of the Balobedu in Limpopo, with costs, SABC News reports.
The ANC‘s Mathole Motshekga, who is Princess Masalanabo’s legal guardian, had brought the matter to court. Princess Masalanabo and Prince Lekukela are both siblings and children of the late Queen Modjadji. The court ruled that despite being her guardian, Mathole doesn’t have authority and that the matter wasn’t urgent.
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THE FIGHT FOR THE BALOBEDU THRONE
Last year, members of the Modjadji Royal Family clashed over the Royal Council’s decision to name Prince Lekukela Modjadji the next ruler of the Balobedu people.
Princess Masalanabo, who is now17-years-old, had been expected to take over the throne once she turns 18 and a Regent, Prince Mpapatla Modjadji, had been appointed in the meantime. The naming of Prince Lekukela as the new King brings to an end, a 200-year-long custom, during which queens were at the helm.
Princess Tebogo Modjadji-Kekana was part of a faction of the family that fiercely challenged the move, claiming Princess Masalanabo is the legitimate leader of the Balobedu nation.
“It’s actually rubbish for the fact that the last king elected a queen. There were problems then. If they wanted to dispute or put a king, they would have done it immediately. But more than 200 years and they want to tell us they want to put a king to run the queendom, that is unacceptable and many of the Balobedu people don’t accept it either,” she said in an interview with eNCA.
The Modjadji is also known as the Rain and is believed to have special powers, including the ability to control rain.