NO END TO GA-SEKGOPO SEVEN YEAR CHIEFTAINCY BAT­TLE

African Times - - News - ISAAC RAMOTHWALA

RE­CENT com­mu­nity demon­stra­tions in Ga-Sekgopo in­creased the al­ready high pres­sure for Act­ing Kgoshi­gadi Mok­gadi Sekgopo to step down from her act­ing role as Chief of the Ga-Sekgopo peo­ple in the Greater Letaba Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Limpopo.

The Sekgopo De­vel­op­ment fo­rum led com­mu­nity protests that saw the R81 road to Giyani be­ing bar­ri­caded. Com­mu­nity mem­bers also threat­ened to stage a sit in at the Sekgopo Tra­di­tional Coun­cil of­fices, re­sult­ing in the of­fices be­ing closed.

Ac­cord­ing to Ti­mothy Maluleke, an ad­vi­sor for the Sekgopo De­vel­op­ment the fo­rum, they did not recog­nise the act­ing chief any­more af­ter they re­ceived a let­ter from the for­mer Limpopo Premier, Cas­sel Mathale and the Kgatla Com­mis­sion in 2011 pro­nounc­ing Wil­liam Sekgopo , as the right­ful Chief of the Sekgopo clan. The fo­rum has called for the Act­ing Chief to step down with im­me­di­ate effect.

“As the De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum we are ap­palled that she con­tin­ues to hang on the throne af­ter all the rec­om­men­da­tions. We want her to give up all ben­e­fits she re­ceives so that the right­ful Chief can start re­ceiv­ing them “said Maluleke.

“We wanted to hold a meet­ing in our of­fice as the right­ful Tra­di­tional Coun­cil, only to find out that she had locked the of­fice and taken fur­ni­ture be­long­ing to the of­fice with­out coun­cil’s knowl­edge,” al­leged Maluleke.

“We have been pa­tient as the com­mu­nity from 2011, we have writ­ten a let­ter to the cur­rent premier and the Depart­ment of Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance, Hu­man Set­tle­ments and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs (CoGHSTA), re­quest­ing their in­ter­ven­tion, they have been promis­ing to send an­other com­mis­sion to hold talks with her but their prom­ises left much to be de­sired,” said Maluleke.

Maluleke claims that Kgoshi­gadi Mok­gadi was mar­ried to a pre­vi­ous Chief whose chieftaincy was marred by dis­putes be­cause of an­other claim to the Chieftaincy at the time. He said that Kgoshi­gadi Mok­gadi’s hus­band as­sumed the chieftaincy at the time when there was un­cer­tainty about the lead­er­ship role and since he [the hus­band] was closely re­lated to Wil­liam , he as­cended to the throne.

In her re­sponse to the claims, Kgoshi­gadi Sekgopo said that there was no way she was go­ing to re­lin­quish the throne based on the claims made by the fo­rum and some of her rel­a­tives.

She de­nied ever see­ing the re­port from the for­mer Limpopo Premier Mathale which Maluleke claims to be in pos­ses­sion of. Kgoshi­gadi Sekgopo said that fol­low­ing claims that she was sup­posed to have been de­throned in 2011, they ap­proached the Kgatla Com­mis­sion for its in­ter­ven­tion on the mat­ter and are still await­ing find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions.

“They are also aware that we have ap­proached the com­mis­sion. We are puz­zled by their im­pa­tience, how­ever if they can prove their claims to be cor­rect, then I will give up the throne. I am still the Act­ing Chief. I was mar­ried to give birth to a Chief and af­ter my hus­band passed-on, I was made to act as the Chief un­til my son Koma Sekgopo reached the right age to as­cend to the throne as he was five years old when I was made Chief. He was sup­posed to have taken the reins in 2015 and it was put on hold due to this un­cer­tainty “said Kgoshi­gadi

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