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The only institution to resolve chieftaincy dispute is the Royal Council, says CoGTA

An endeavor by an angry group of Ga-Seleka community to get hold of Limpopo provincial government to resolve chieftaincy dispute between dethroned acting Kgosi Phetogo Seleka and the Royal Family hit a snag for the second time.

In a recent episode, seven suspects appeared in court charged with public violence and malicious damage to property following a sorry sight in which three cargo trucks and a bus were burnt to wreckages.

The crime ensued after a group of inflamed community members went on the rampage, barricaded R572 road between Lephalale and Groblersbrug near Phalala River in protest against Premier Stanley Mathabatha’s failure to show up, despite claims they invited him.

Outraged community members including those from small villages falling under Ga-Seleka had earlier crammed the local hall in anticipation to hear the Premier [Mathabatha] telling them they will reinstate ousted Kgosi Seleka.

On Wednesday, the community again jam-packed the local hall as early as 9 am, saying they were waiting for officials from Limpopo  Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).

CoGTA spokesperson Motupa Selomo rejected claims that the community of Ga-Seleka invited  MEC Jerry Ndou or Premier Mathabatha to intervene in their chieftaincy dispute.

“These people are disingenuous. As far as I know, we didn’t receive nor confirm an invitation from members of the community regarding the matter. Even if they invited us, there is no way that our department can intervene. Not even the Mayor can interfere. The issue belongs to the Royal Council. They are the people who had chosen and dethroned their chief,” said Selomo.

Selomo said CoGTA’s only involvement is to write to the Premier, informing him about the new chief chosen by the tribe, adding that the Premier’s participation is to issue a certificate of recognition.



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