Mokope Modjadji

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Mokope Modjadji V
Rain Queen
Born 1936
Died 28 June 2001(2001-06-28)
Issue Princess Makheala
Prince Masopha Edwin Modjadji
House Rain Queen
Father Andreas Maake
Mother Makoma Modjadji

Mokope Modjadji V (1936 – 28 June 2001) was the fifth Rain Queen of the Balobedu tribe in the Limpopo Province of South Africa from 1981 until her death in 2001.


Mokope Modjadji was very traditional in her role as Rain Queen. She lived in seclusion in the Royal Compound in Khetlhakone Village and followed all the customs the Rain Queens were expected to follow.

Mokope Modjadji met and became good friends with the then President of South Africa Nelson Mandela in 1994. Mandela could speak to Mokope only through the traditional intermediary.

Later they became better friends and Mandela bought the Rain Queen a Japanese car to help her travel up the steep roads to her Royal Compound. He was then able to meet her in person and when asked about the Rain Queen Mandela said that just like Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Modjadji did not answer questions.[citation needed]

On other political fronts, Queen Mokope did not support the idea of an ANC government as she believed that its anti-traditional ideas would dilute her authority. However once the ANC came to power, they treated the Rain Queen with respect. She was even offered an annual salary.[citation needed]

Mokope Modjadji had three children, including her designated successor, Princess Makheala. However, Princess Makheala died in 2001, two days before the death of her mother. Queen Mokope died at the age of 65. Makheala's daughter Makobo became the next Rain Queen. Mokope's son, Prince Masopha Edwin Modjadji died in August 2005.

Preceded by
Makoma Modjadji IV
Rain Queen of Balobedu
Succeeded by
Makobo Modjadji VI

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