Chief­tancy dis­pute in court

Afro Voice (Free State) - - NEWS - DIKELEDI MOLOBELA dikeledim@the­newage.co.za

THE fam­ily of Charles Le­siba Mako­bisa Langa has ap­proached the high court to stop the coronation of the chief of the Ma­sibe-Langa peo­ple in Lim­popo this week­end.

This comes amid a fam­ily feud over the tra­di­tional lead­er­ship of the Mokopane area, with Le­siba Mako­bisa Langa ac­cus­ing his brother Hans Ma­sibe Langa of steal­ing the chief­taincy al­legedly with the help of the pro­vin­cial govern­ment which ap­par­ently failed to con­sult and re­search the cor­rect fam­ily tree lin­eage.

Le­siba Mako­bisa Langa has di­rected his lawyers to go to court to stop the coronation in Mokopane. Among the guests will be Pre­mier Stan Matha­batha and spir­i­tual leader of the ZCC DR bishop Barn­abas Lek­ganyane.

Mako­bisa Langa claimed that he was the right­ful heir to the Langa-Ma­sibe chief­taincy as he is from the first se­nior fam­ily of their great-grand­fa­ther Ma­sibe Madimetja Ramahlaswana Langa.

Even though Mako­bisa is younger, he is from the first fam­ily which makes him the right­ful heir, he said.

“To­wards the end of his life Ramahlaswana (the fa­ther) wanted his son as his suc­ces­sor. The royal coun­cil agreed but sug­gested that he put Hans Ma­sibe Langa to act while wait­ing for his younger brother Mako­bisa Ma­sibe Langa from the first fam­ily to be­come of age to take over,” the fam­ily said.

The fam­ily said that when that time came, Hans re­fused to step down. “In fact my brother who is be­ing pushed to this chair on Fri­day, knows this and it would seem that he is be­ing forced or pushed by other forces to as­cend to what he knows clearly is not his lead­er­ship,” Charles Ma­sibe-Langa said.

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