The Mudjadji Dynasty

Author: Dr. Mathole Kherofo Motshekga

The primary aim of the study was to investigate the principles of female leadership in southern Africa, with special reference to the Mudjadji cosmology. The process involved tracing the origins of these principles back to Ancient Ethiopia – more specifically to the provinces of Napata and Meroe in the Sudan – and even further, to show that these principles are directly linked to the African cosmology and the goddess Mwari.


1. African cosmology and spirituality —
2. The peopling of Africa —
3. The empire of Bokhalaka and international trade —
4. The birth of Thobela kingdoms in Limpopo —
5. The solar origins of Balobedu divine kingship —
6. Encounters between Balobedu and European settlers —
7. The rebirth of the Bolobedu kingdom —
8. General conclusion

Queen Makoma Mudjadji
Something about the author:

Dr. Mathole Kherofo Motshekga is the founder and executive director of the Kara Heritage Institute, which promotes the study of African history and culture, and an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa.

He is legal adviser to the Mudjadji Royal Council, the National Coalition of Traditional Leaders, and the National House of Traditional Leaders of South Africa.

He is a former premier of Gauteng, and chair and deputy chair of the African National Congress (ANC) in that province. He serves on numerous national task teams and committees.

Dr Motshekga holds a B Juris (Unisa); LLB (Unisa); and LLM (Harvard), and is an honorary professor of political sciences of the University of Pretoria.

He has also been a visiting scholar in the African Studies Centre at Harvard University in the United States; a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Freiburg; and a research fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, also in Freiburg, Germany.

He regularly speaks on radio and TV about issues relating to African heritage. Dr. Motshekga was born in 1949 in Balobedu, home of South Africa’s fabled Rain Queens.

ISBN: 9780620423298 0620423293
OCLC Number: 668417009
Notes: “May 2010.”
Description: 192 pages

Source: University of Pretoria