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A group of community members in Ga-Seleka in protest against their dethroned chief

We are the casualties of chieftaincy wrangle, says villagers

Scores of Ga-Seleka villagers who declined to be named because of a paranoid fear of victimisation says they are caught in the cross-fire.

Down and out group of individuals said they are being denied services after the tribal office has been padlocked by a group of furious demonstrators allegedly in protest against ousted acting Kgosi Phetogo David Seleka.

“Among important things, we can’t get proof of residence as required by the banks to open accounts or to process credits. We are currently casualties of the royal quarrel,” they said.

The villagers said they were told in a mass meeting held at the community hall that the tribal office will be re-opened on Thursday, yet nothing is inevitable.

“The entrance to the office including gates have been reinforced with the iron bar [welded] to guarantee no one gains entry into the premises.”

The villager’s’ anguish started early this month when the Royal Family opposed to the defiant and ousted acting Kgosi Phetogo Seleka’s supremacy, requested that he leave the office while they assumed control over the administration.

To help deposed chief, a chafed group of protesters struck back by allegedly removing the Royal family out of the office, bolted the doors and welded burglar proofs.

Polokwane High Court unseated Phetogo Seleka as acting chief in February [2018].

The petition which called for the removal of the acting chief was signed by 34 illustrious members.

According to court papers, some of the grievances brought up in the petition, as confirmed by one witness [Royal Family member] ranged from desertion, undermining the authority of the Royal Family, custom, and tradition, bringing the family’s chieftaincy into disrepute.




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