Multichoice says it is confident in its legal battle with the Balobedu Royal Council over the screening of Queen Modjadji, reports The Citizen.

The series is set to premier this Sunday on Mzansi Magic, but has been at the centre of a court challenge.

The Balobedu Royal Council in Limpopo said the broadcast of a drama series will undermine and marginalise the Khelobedu language and Balobedu people.

Led by Chief Gabriel Rasebotsa, the council approached the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) to interdict the airing of the series.

But Multichoice said it is sure the matter will be thrown out when it is heard today.

‘There is no factual or legal basis for the application. We are confident that the court will dismiss the case and that viewers will not be deprived of the opportunity of watching this epic story, inspired by the Balobedu legendary rainmaker, the first Queen Modjadji,’ said the broadcaster.

Rasebotsa said they had approached the courts because they felt ‘undermined by the producer of the Queen Modjadji series and Multichoice’.

‘The Balobedu Royal Council was not consulted and the Queen was not consulted...', he told SABC News.

Some of the complaints in the court application by The Balobedu Royal Council include the wardrobe that the TV production decided on. 

‘The attire to be displayed in the documentary does not represent the Balobedu attire. The use of the Ndebele, Zulu and Xhosa attire constitutes a misrepresentation which, within the cultural context, where unique traditions and symbols are pivotal to the cultural heritage, constitutes and insults me and the people of the Balobedu Royal Nation.’

Full report in The Citizen