Merafe Pilane set to lead Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela tribe; Mmuthi Pilane recommended to lead Motlhabe village

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The Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims in the North West Province released a report today recommending Mr Mmuthi Pilane to be appointed the rightful traditional leader of Motlhabe village.

The report, dated 24thNovember 2015 was handed-out today to the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela Royal Council, made up of the five clans of Kgamanyane, Tshomankane, Mantrisi, Mzilikasi and Kautlwale.

‘Everyone was expecting the Premier to close this matter today in terms of the Court order. They now say January 2016… we shall be patient’, said Mmuthi Pilane.

The North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is now in contempt of two separate North West High Court orders, each compelling him to make final determinations concerning leadership disputes and claims from the two tribes of Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela and Bapo-ba-Mogale.

Indications are that Mr Merafe Pilane is now set to replace Mr Nyalala Pilane as the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela tribal chief. Merafe’s claim is uncontested and the majority of the Royal families are in support of the claim.

‘We are deeply concerned about the delay since Nyalala has long submitted his resignation letter to the then Premier Thandi Modise’ said a member of the tribe.

-Thusi Rapoo

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