Chieftancy dispute in court
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.