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De-Recognition of Kgosi Kgafela II

Government has been following closely, the unfolding events in Kgatleng especially where Ministers have been barred from addressing Kgotla meetings.  Government views this state of affairs as denying Bakgatla the opportunity to interact with government officials to get first-hand information on various government programmes.  This is not conducive for promotion of order and good governance.  On a related matter, Kgosi Kgafela II has written letters to some public offices using derogatory and abusive language against the national leadership. All these issues have led to a conclusion that Kgosi Kgafela II has:

a) frustrated Government efforts to consult and communicate with Kgatleng community on developmental issues that affect the community;

b) abused his powers by ordering Dikgosana in Kgatleng to ignore and frustrate Ministers’ efforts in their bid to hold meetings in Kgatleng District;  and

c) incited Dikgosana to be insubordinate and refuse to carry-out lawful orders from Ministers.

In a democratic set-up where the rule of law has to be respected by everybody, we cannot as Government allow this situation to continue.  As a result I have taken a decision to invoke the provisions of Section 15 of the Bogosi Act, Chapter 41:01, in the public interest, to de-recognise Kgosi Kgafela II with immediate effect.  Effectively, Kgafela II shall henceforth neither exercise nor perform any powers or official duties relating to tribal administration structures in the Kgatleng District.  All Dikgosana in the Kgatleng District are reminded to respect this decision as failure to do so will be a contravention of the law on their part, resulting in similar action being taken against them.

Lebonaamang T. Mokalake
Minister of Local Government
28th October 2011


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