Thu­lare ex­tends olive branch to KK

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­nia@sun­day­

Ba­pedi king, Vic­tor Thu­lare III, who re­cently won a court bat­tle for the lead­er­ship of the Ba­pedi na­tion, has ap­pointed a task team to reach out to his ri­val Kgagudi Ken­neth “KK” Sekhukhune to help forge unity in the Ba­pedi king­dom.

The peace move comes af­ter the North Gaut­eng High Court in Pre­to­ria dis­missed an ap­peal ap­pli­ca­tion by Sekhukhune to re­view and set aside the Nh­lapo Com­mis­sion of In­quiry’s rul­ing which en­dorsed Thu­lare as the right­ful king of Ba­pedi.

The de­ci­sion to reach out to KK Sekhukhune was taken at a unity dia­logue meet­ing at Thu­lare’s Maebe Tjate III Great Palace in Mohlaletse last Sun­day.

The meet­ing was at­tended by more than 250 lo­cal chiefs and in­dunas.

Thu­lare is the son of late king Rhyane Thu­lare, the right­ful king of Ba­pedi who re­fused to take over the king­ship from his mother who had been ap­pointed as re­gent.

KK, as Sekhukhune is known, took over the reins in his place as act­ing king.

The Nh­lapo com­mis­sion, how­ever, later en­dorsed Thu­lare as the right­ful heir.

Sekhukhune’s spokesper­son, Makotanyane Mor­wamoche, said that they were not aware of Thu­lare’s meet­ing with other lo­cal chiefs in­clud­ing any at­tempt to reach out to KK.

De­spite say­ing they would wait to hear from the peace bro­kers, Mor­wamoche said Sekhukhune had al­ready filed pa­pers at the Supreme Court of Ap­peal to pe­ti­tion the court to hear his ap­pli­ca­tion to set aside and re­view Thu­lare’s ap­point­ment as king of Ba­pedi.

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