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Ousted chief gets community support, to reclaim his reign

Allies of dethroned Kgosi Phetogo David Seleka have called on the community to offer support, helping him reclaim his nullified certificate of recognition as the acting traditional leader in command of the Baphuting dynasty.

To offer support, a group, comprising of youth has requested members of the community to donate money to cover for transport and other costs to accompany former chief to court.

The group vowed to support and accompany embattled ex-chief to the Supreme Court of Appeal when he contests evidence presented in court by the Royal Family which triggered his fall from grace.

Ousted chief’s bid to appeal the ruling fizzled after Polokwane High Court Judge M G Phatudi dismissed his application with costs.

The defiant former acting chief has subsequently instructed his lawyers to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Questioned whether the cash will also help cover legal fees, Royal Council spokesperson Kutter Seleka told Lephalale Express Online News the donations have nothing to do with the axed chief.

He said the ousted chief will cover for his own legal fees.

“We don’t attend their meetings. We don’t associate with whatever decision they take,” he said.

Kutter said when our unseated chief [Phetogo Seleka] went to Polokwane to appeal the Judgment, the group organised their own transport to offer support.

The court ordered the first defendant in the matter, Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha in February to withdraw the certificate of recognition issued to Phetogo Seleka on September 16, 2006.

This was after he was crowned acting chief of Ga-Seleka kinfolk.

Phetogo Seleka was removed as acting chief following a petition signed by the first and second litigants [Royal Family and Seleka Sa Motlhasedi Royal Council], among others, they argued in court “he deserted the royal kraal and rendered the traditional council dysfunctional through his unruly behaviour, plunged the Ga-Seleka traditional administration into disarray.”


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