Yolisa Mabona, an accountant and daughter of former Mpumalanga MEC for safety and Security Steve Mabona to be Ndebele queen. Picture supplied
An accountant, Yolisa Mabona, is gearing up to be officially conferred a royal title as Queen of Ndebele.
News of the wedding broke at the weekend, when the royal family of Ndebele King Mabhoko III of the Ndzundza group and the Mabona household held a traditional ceremony called Ukuwamukelana komdeni (an official welcome between the two families) at Bapsfontein near Johannesburg.
At the ceremony the king's delegation from Emthambothini village, near Siyabuswa, handed over 10 cattle to the Mabona family as part of lobola.
Reliable sources close to the royal house told The New Age marriage negotiations between the two families started four years ago, before Yolisa and King Mabhoko welcomed their three-year-old daughter, Wekosi (meaning "belongs to the king").
In 2009, President Jacob Zuma officially proclaimed that King Mabhoko would be considered as king of the Ndzundza group until he died, after which his successor would be recognised as a principal traditional leader only, a position lower than that of king.
This announcement was in support of the recommendations on traditional leadership disputes, made by the Nhlapo Commission.
King Mabhoko III was awarded his kingship recognition certificate by former minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Sicelo Shiceka.
Yolisa Mabona, who is in her late 20s, is the daughter of the former Mpumalanga MEC for safety, security and liaison, Steve Mabona.
Speaking to The New Age on Monday, Mabona could not contain his excitement when he confirmed his daughter's wedding arrangements.
"I can confirm the Mabona family received an undisclosed number of cattle from the royal family of Ndebele King Mabhoko III," said Mabona.
"The cattle's handover is in line with the preparations of customary marriage to my daughter, Yolisa, who has a three-year-old child with the king," he said.
Mabona said Yolisa and King Mabhoko would traditionally formalise their marriage before the end of the year.
"The two families will invite the community at large when the traditional wedding ceremony is formalised, which will be within six months from now.
"We wish the king and my daughter a prosperous marriage and welcome the royal family's decision to consider her to be the queen of the Ndebele," said Mabona.
King Mabhoko's spokesperson, Prince Dumisani Mahlangu, confirmed the planned royal wedding. "I can confirm the wedding arrangements but I am not in a position to comment further about the king's personal affairs," said Mahlangu.