Heir found for chief­tancy


Afro Voice (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@the­newage.co.za

THE long stand­ing dis­pute as to who should be the next chief of the Barolong Boo-Seleka in Thaba Nchu, about 60km east of Bloem­fontein, was fi­nally re­solved by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment last week.

The dis­putes re­gard­ing suc­ces­sion in the tra­di­tional lead­er­ship of the Barolong Boo-Seleka had trou­bled the Barolong for many gen­er­a­tions but ex­cite­ment was in the air af­ter it was de­cided who would be re­gent of the clan.

In a re­port re­leased last Fri­day, it was es­tab­lished that Chief Moroka II’s “iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of Tship­inare as his suc­ces­sor was con­trary to the tra­di­tion and cul­tures” of Barolong Boo-Seleka and sub­se­quently rec­om­mended that the “Royal fam­ily iden­tify a suit­able can­di­date from the house of Richard Mara­mantshi as be­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate save for the houses of Setilo and or Moipo­lai, which are still based in Botswana”.

In the mean­time, how­ever, the act­ing se­nior tra­di­tional leader Mout­loatsi Set­lo­gelo will re­main in his po­si­tion un­til all ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues have been fi­nalised.

The news of the re­port was seen as a ma­jor break­through that elated the en­tire com­mu­nity of Barolong Boo-Seleka.

The gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Royal Coun­cil of Barolong Boo-Seleka, Kenosi Mo­janaga, said they were over­joyed with the news.

“We are over the moon with the news that the dis­pute re­gard­ing suc­ces­sion in the tra­di­tional lead­er­ship of the Barolong Boo-Seleka has fi­nally been re­solved. The dis­pute has wor­ried the Barolong over many years but we are glad that premier Ace Ma­gashule and his gov­ern­ment have set­tled this mat­ter, ” he said.

Mo­janaga said this mat­ter should have been re­solved in­ter­nally many years ago. How­ever, they were thrilled that the peo­ple of Thaba Nchu will now have a proper chief­tancy.

Mo­janaga, who for years has led Barolong to get the right­ful heir to take charge, said he could now fo­cus on re­build­ing their com­mu­nity in Thaba Nchu.

“Al­though we be­lieve that the mat­ter should have been sorted out a long time ago, we, are sat­is­fied that sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made and we would like to thank the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for the ef­forts they have made to re­solve the mat­ter,” he said.

Mo­janaga said their plight be­gan many years ago and in 2014 then co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs MEC Olly Mlam­leli took the mat­ter to the Com­mis­sion on Tra­di­tional Dis­putes and Claims, ap­pointed by the then co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han.

Barolong wanted Premier Ace Ma­gashule and his ex­ec­u­tive to is­sue a cer­tifi­cate to the right­ful heir of Barolong Boo-Seleka but the mat­ter took far too long.

Premier spokesper­son Tiisetso Makhele said di­rec­tor-gen­eral Kop­ung Ra­likontsane on Fri­day con­vened meet­ings with del­e­gates sent from the royal fam­ily of the Barolong Boo-Seleka and tabled the re­port along with its find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions to them.

He said when the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment be­came aware of the dis­pute, it man­dated the then depart­ment of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and hous­ing to try to re­solve the dis­pute.

“Af­ter years of en­gag­ing with dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers to try to reach a set­tle­ment on the is­sue the dis­pute was re­ferred to the com­mis­sion on tra­di­tional lead­er­ship, dis­putes and claims for fur­ther pro­cess­ing,” Makhele said.

Makhele said the premier re­ceived the re­port in April 2016 and be­gan an ex­ten­sive process of stake­holder en­gage­ment to es­tab­lish a task team.

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