Child with commoner angers royal family

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The former manager of Greater Letaba municipality, David Mohale, who fathered the daughter of the late Queen Makobo Modjadji, the Rain Queen of Balobedu, has allegedly fathered a child with the queen's baby-sitter.

A senior official in the Modjadji royal family and council told Sowetan yesterday that Mohale had fathered a girl with Modjadji Mokoto, 24, of Thibeng village near Khethakone, the royal kraal.

The baby, who was born in November, was named Mapula, a Sepedi name for Mother of Rain.

Mokoto, the daughter of a member of the royal family, allegedly became romantically involved with Mohale while she was baby-sitting Masalanabo, the child of the late QueenModjadji, who died in June 2005.

"When Mohale and Mokoto's love affair became public knowledge, it caused a lot of brouhaha within the royal family and council," said a source who did not wish to be named.

He alleged Mohale took the queen on an outing to Kruger National Park in an attempt to appease her.

His efforts turned sour, resulting in a fierce fight between the two.

Makobo later became seriously ill and was taken to a private doctor.

She died a few months later, the source said.

After Makobo's death, Mohale and Mokoto's affair blossomed. Mokoto eventually fell pregnant.

The affair has angered the royal family and council.

They have accused Mohale of insulting the family.

Mohale is also regarded as a commoner.

"The fact that Mohale has fathered a child with the rain queen's baby-sitter is proof enough that he is disrespectful to the royal family.

"It is an insult to both the royal family and the Balobedu clan," said the source.

Efforts to contact Mohale for comment were unsuccessful yesterday.

His cellphone was not answered.