Dethroned Kgosi Phetogo David Seleka has instructed his lawyers to file papers in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein after Polokwane High Court on Friday dismissed his bid to appeal against his ousting as acting chief of Ga-Seleka tribe.
“Although we don’t know when it will be heard, I can confirm our Chief has counseled his lawyers to take the matter to the appeal court,” Spokesperson Kutter Seleka said on Sunday.
He added that the matter is in the hands of his legal advisors.
The Polokwane High Court Judge MG Phatudi has dismissed axed Kgosi Phetogo David Seleka’s application with costs.
Embattled former acting Kgosi has been ordered to personally pay four legal counsels, two attorneys including advocates.
This follows the court battle between acting Chief Phetogo Seleka and his cousins supposedly over the chieftaincy dispute.
Royal Family’s argument in court read in part: “He brought Seleka chieftaincy into disrepute. Crucial among the misconduct was failure or refusal on his part to marry a candle wife as dictated by custom after his appointment.”
Kutter refuted court arguments as a reason to remove the acting chief, saying in the focal point of the dispute is a mining project in the area in which a specific group inside the Royal family was pushing enthusiasm for their own benefit.
“The project was put on hold after acting Kgosi Seleka declined to sign the documents for the group’s benefit. They approached the court to unseat him,” said Kutter.
He said the Chief has now instructed his lawyers to take the matter to the appeal court.
In the meantime, Kutter said Chief Phetogo Seleka has condemned the recent violent protest in the strongest possible terms in which three cargo trucks and a bus were burnt.
“Police are doing their work to bring those responsible to book,” he said.
Two suspects were arrested and they are out on R1000 bail each pending further investigations.
Lephalale Police spokesperson Captain Frans Mokwena said more arrests were expected.
He said the situation is tense but calm.
“A huge police contingent has been deployed in the area to monitor the situation,” said Mokwena.