Motsi and Oti Mabuse break down in tears as they discover incredible family secret | The Sun

MOTSI and Oti Mabuse go on a DNA Journey in South Africa that leaves the sisters in floods of tears after they discover a family secret.

The champion dancers, who shot to fame on Strictly, return to their homeland and are told they are related to royalty and that their grandfather was a war hero.

In a clip from DNA Journey that airs tonight on ITV, Oti says: "One of the missing pieces that we've missed and needed to hear for so long.

"It's a beautiful thing, we are so grateful. These aren't tears of sadness, these are tears of, 'Oh my god'."

Motsi adds: "We're so proud."

Records for black South Africans are almost non-existent in a post-apartheid South Africa, however through testing their DNA the sisters were able to reconnect with cousins they had never met.


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Their grandfather was then revealed to have been honoured with numerous war medals, having fought for the British in World War II.

Oti wipes away tears in the emotional clip and says: "We've tried to go on this journey, we've tried to research, it's not like this is the first time we've ever done something like this.

"Everyone time we've looked we've been told there's no history. You, this show, has completely flipped this on its head and been like, that's not true, everyone has a history, everyone has a story to tell."

Motsi adds: "What we take away from this is our grandfather was incredible. And I'm so glad we get to tell our father while he's still alive."

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They also connect with a cousin in Johannesburg who is a West End star and who tells them of their familial link to an African Royal family.

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The sisters travel to the ancestral home of the Royals in Hammanskraal and sit down with their current chief.

An even deeper dive into their DNA shows the sisters carry a marker that directly links them to the original people of South Africa, the San tribe.

It in turn links them to Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Watch Oti and Motsi Mabuse’s DNA Journey tonight at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX 

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