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The Masia royal family and other traditional leaders in Venda, Limpopo, will converge for the inauguration ceremony of the seventh chief of the tribe next month.
The event takes place at the Ramauba Secondary School's sports grounds on May 4.
Traditionally the identity of the incumbent ruler is kept secret until the day of the inauguration.
But Sowetan's investigation has revealed that Mbangiseni Masia, the former spokesman for the University of Venda and a senior official in the Limpopo department of sports, arts and culture, will be installed as chief of the clan.
Masia was a well-known student leader at the university and also leader of the ANC-aligned South African Students Congress at provincial level.
He takes over from his brother Ramauba III, who died in 2005 after a short illness.
According to event organiser, Dzuguda Kharidzha, it will be a day of great festivity as many branches of the Masia royal family who eventually settled in Lesotho will be coming in large numbers to take part in the ceremony.
He said the ceremony would also be graced by chiefs, senior traditional leaders, politicians, business representatives, civil society and public servants. Premier Sello Moloto will also be in attendance, Kharidzha said.
"The Masia leaders are well- prepared to deliver a quality service befitting the high standing of their traditional leadership."
Masia is the first-born son from the first house of Govhamasenga, the maternal uncle of the late chief Thovhele Thohoyandou.
Govhamasenga's children, according to historian Mphaya Nemudzivhadi, are Masia, Ratshikwekwere, Mukovhi and Tshinavhe.
From the second house, Tshipetana and Mwongwe were born, while from the third house, Makumbane, Mulungufhala and Mukumela were born.
The fourth house produced Maphaha, the predecessor of Ndadza, Makongoza and Madahulula.
Nemudzivhadi said that when the Vhalaudzi chieftainship of Masia Mbado was placed in historical perspective, it had been in existence for a long time.
"When Tshimbupfe was under Ratshikwekwete, Dzanani was under Munzhedzi Mpofu from 1793-1828, Phiphidi under Raluswielo Tshivhase from 1793-1830, Mbilwi under Tshilila Mphaphuli from 1793-1835, Masia Mbado reigned at Tshikwarani."