Oti Mabuses mum brands ITVs DNA Journey findings nonsense

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse, 41, and sister Oti, 32, travelled to their homeland of South Africa to explore their family history with ITV’s DNA Journey.

The episode sees the sisters start north of Johannesburg where they connect with their cousin Samantha.

Samantha then reveals that they are connected to a Kekana royal family in Hammanskraal, northwest South Africa.

Oti told Radio Times: “The queen of the village was our mom’s great-great grandma!”

However, their mum, Dudu, is less accepting of the show’s findings than her famous daughters.

Oti continued: “She’s like, ‘This is nonsense!’

“I think that’s from not feeling valuable and being told you’re not worth something.

“She can’t understand she’s from royal blood!”

Later in the episode, Oti and Motsi trace other branches of their family and discover an ancestor who fought in World War Two.

They also find out they are related to the famous South African musician, Hotstix Mabuse.

In addition, genetic testing proved that the dancers are part of the San Tribe – Archbishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela are also part of this group.

Reflecting on their time on the show, Motsi told the aforementioned publication: “I can say to my daughter, ‘That’s where you come from. If you’re doubting yourself any time, you can go back to South Africa. Your history is there’.”

Motsi shares her five-year-old daughter with husband Evgenij Voznyuk, with whom she has been married to since 2017.

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Oti added that DNA Journey was “the best thing I’ve done, despite any professional success in my life”.

She went on: “It gave me back something that no other person or line of work can.

“It gave me back a piece of me, my family tree, my bloodline.”

Oti and Motsi’s episode will air next Tuesday. This week, viewers will see Line of Duty stars Neil Morrissey and Adrian Dunbar explore their roots across UK and Ireland.

Neil was taken into care when he was just 10 years old and knew very little about his family history.

The episode will see him travel to Castlecomer, Ireland, to reconnect with his cousin Marilyn.

Meanwhile, a DNA test reveals some shocking news for Adrian, before he hears about the heartbreaking struggles his grandmother faced.

DNA Journey airs Tuesday at 9pm on ITV.

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