Corporative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) says it has noted with serious concern rumours that the department was going to reinstate ousted acting Chief Phetogo David Seleka on Thursday as senior traditional leader of Baphuting Boo Seleka.
“Of great concern, it is a continual misinformation fed to the community about the stand of the department on this matter,” said Coghsta spokesperson Motupa Selomo.
In a statement on Thursday, Selomo said the department, and the government doesn’t appoint or remove traditional leaders, this is the issue of the relevant Royal Family.
“Therefore, in the matter under review, the Department did not remove the acting Chief as alleged, he was in fact ousted by the Royal Family.
The High Court in Polokwane confirmed the decision to dethrone him on February 8, 2018.
“The Department would, therefore, like to make a call for calmness, peace, and stability to be restored at Ga-Seleka community as a matter of urgency,” said Selomo.
Selomo’s statement follows rumours doing the rounds in Ga-Seleka villages that expelled acting Chief Phetogo Seleka will get back his throne as a traditional leader of Baphuting Boo Seleka.
In a statement on Wednesday, community leader Jan Moselane said the villagers will again witness their acting Chief being restored on Thursday.
Moselane said his return to power takes after a hearty gathering with Mohlala Makitimela, Director General in the office of Corporative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC, Jerry Ndou, members of the community and the police.
“Tuesday’s gathering at Witpoort Police Station was a follow up of the other one held at the same venue on 2018/05/28 between Coghsta authorities and the Royal family, community leaders and the police at which Makitimela requested that participants allow him 25 days to investigate the issue. He returned as guaranteed with uplifting news to restore our chief,” said Moselane.
“We are calling all the residents of the 25 villages falling under Kgosi Seleka to come in their numbers to tidy up the local community hall and the traditional office in readiness to welcome our chief tomorrow,” said Moselane.
The acting chief was ousted following a dispute in which the Royal family, complaint that he [acting chief] brought the Baphuting Boo Seleka Chieftaincy into disrepute.