|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
of the Rain Queens were initially the Rulers of
Monomatapa, a grandson
of one of these Mwene Mutapas was
fl.1589, eponymous founder of a tribe which flourished
till the early
Mugodo, the ruling chief fathered the first Rain Queen
own daughter. Subsequent Rain Queens have been
the first Queen, though a rival faction of the royal house
to the ANC
Government to have the original male line of their family
which was by-passed with the enthronement of Modjajdji I
in 1800. It is
likely, however that the ANC will maintain the line of
Rain Queens. The
baLobedu comprise 132 villages and
128 headmen, scattered over 88 square kilometers. At
the last count, the area was inhabited by just more than
(Census 2006). Rulers were...
- Queen Maselekwane MODJADJI I
1800/1850 or 1854
- Queen Masalanabo or Mankhatene MODJADJI
II 1850/1894 or 1895
- Queen Khesetoane MODJADJI III 1894/1959,
born 1869, married and had issue. She died 1959.
- Queen Makoma MODJADJI IV 1959/1982,
born 1905, married
Andreas Maake and had issue. She died 1982.
- Queen Mokope Modjadji V (qv)
Queen Mokope MODJADJI V 1982/2001,
born 1936, married Clement Modjadji, and had issue.
She died 28th June
- Prince Hecks Modjadji, member
of the Lebowa
- Princess Makheale Modjadji, died
June 2001 aged
- Mokgomana (Prince) Masopha
died aged about 40 years on 10th August 2005 at the
Makweng Hospital in
Limpopo, buried 14th August 2005 at the Lovedu Royal
- Princess Maria Modjadji, married
had issue. She
died before 2001.
- Queen Makhobo Modjadji VI
- Prince Mpapatla
Makhobo MODJADJI VI, 6th Queen of the
baLobedu [28.6.2001] - [12.6.2005], born
1978, installed 11th April 2003 at
Duiwelskloof in the Limpopo
had issue by David Mohale, a commoner, one daughter,
and one son by
another ineligible partner (#1).
June 2005 at Polokwane, buried
June 2005 at the Lovedu Royal Cemetary at Maolwe.
- Princess Masalanabo Modjajdji, born 2004, and
enthroned as Queen Modjadji VII, when she turns 18
years old (#2).
Prince Mpapatla Modjadji, Regent of the Lobedu
tribe since 2005 (#3),
educated at Polokwane High School; born 1981,
married (his cousin), Princess Mokgawa Modjadji, and
has issue, one
- Prince Matarapane Modjadji, born 2004.
- Princess (name
Modjadji, born 27th March 2007 in Modjadjiskloof.