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Miss Supranational South Africa Thato Mosehle. Image via Twitter @Official_MissSA

‘Lottobola’? Thato Mosehle’s dad prices his beauty queen daughter at R5m

Is this a joke? The father of Thato Mosehle is demanding no less than R5 million in lobola, but the beauty queen thinks he is being unreasonable…

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Miss Supranational South Africa Thato Mosehle. Image via Twitter @Official_MissSA

Thato Mosehle is a beaming bride-to-be and no one is happier than her dad…that’s because he is demanding R5 million in lobola as a “bride price” from his daughter’s fiancé.

The beauty pageant queen announced her engagement last week to a mystery man, and is now planning her wedding.

THATO MOSEHLE LOBOLA: DAD WANTS R5 MILLION!

In a video she uploaded on her Instagram Stories, Thato Mosehle — the first runner-up in the 2020 Miss SA pageant and second runner-up in Miss Supranational — shows a candid conversation between her father and herself.

Thato asks her dad how much he would like in lobola – a customary payment in cash or cows from the groom’s family to the bride’s family – to which he responds “R5 million”.

The medical doctor laughs at the amount, claiming “not even the royal family” would ask for such a price.

But Thato’s dad – who is an operational director for a security company – stands firm. “It’s not that much, they [the royal family] should have charged R30 million for Queen Elizabeth,” he adds.

IS R5 MILLION TOO MUCH OR ABOUT RIGHT?

In modern times, there has been growing controversy around the amount demanded in certain families deemed by spectators as unreasonably excessive.

Khulubuse Zuma, the nephew of former president Jacob Zuma, famously paid 100 cows (roughly R900 000) – the highest known lobola price – to the family of the Swazi princess, Fikisiwe Dlamini, in 2013.

According to insiders, a minimum of 10 cows, or their cash equivalent – R9 000 per cow, say the Nguni Cattle Breeders Society – is usually a good and safe starting point for many families.

Digital news source Local Loans have also published a guide of the high-end of lobola prices in each province. According to the site, brides from the Eastern Cape and Limpopo province can fetch the biggest price-tags of R80 000 and upwards.

Thato hails from the North West, which according to the site, has an asking price of R65 000 or 8 cows.

But this figure does not take into account the following factors relating to the beauty queen…

  • Thato is well educated and has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree at the University of the Free State.
  • She’s also well travelled and fluently spoken.
  • She’s well groomed and has studied make-up artistry at the Beauty Therapy Institute, with dreams about releasing her own make-up line in the future.
  • She’s also successful – not only is Thato a Miss SA alumni, but has placed third at the Miss Supranational pageant in Poland in August this year
  • Then there’s the fact that she loves cooking and would make an excellent makoti!
  • Thato is also single with no children, which raises her “value”.

LOBOLA CALCULATOR – HOW MUCH ARE YOU WORTH?

If you’re keen on finding out your “asking price” – strictly for laughs – there are a number of “lobola calculator” apps on Google Play that can put a figure on your price.

One particular app asks bride-to-be’s the following multiple-choice questions:

  • Are you a virgin?
  • How many children do you have and how many boyfriends have you had prior to marriage?
  • Do you own a car and a house?
  • Can you cook?
  • Are you good in bed?
  • How much do you drink and party?
  • Are you from a royal family?