New chief takes throne despite dark cloud
"Your throne appears to be jinxed" - The new chief is the fifth son in the family but four of his elder brothers died in various circumstances
Hundreds attended the inauguration of Mkhacani Kenneth Thomo, 42, as a chief of the Shiviti tribe, comprising 13 settlements making it one of biggest chieftainships in Limpopo.
The throne was recently torpedoed by untimely deaths that sparked a belief among locals that it has become jinxed.
The issue of death in the Shiviti royal kraal dominated the funeral of former chief Magezi Enoch Thomo in 2010.
The new chief is the fifth son in the family but four of his elder brothers died in various circumstances, making him legible for the throne.
"Something is wrong in this family. We cannot tell you what to do but your throne appears to be jinxed," said Ben Muyexe, who spoke on behalf of the tribal authority.
But the dark cloud was forgotten on Friday as community members danced at the celebrations, while the new chief was officially inaugurated by Kgoshi Solomon Dikgale, the chairman of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, who represented Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale.
Dikgale advised the chief to be a responsible leader as communities complained about the way other traditional leaders behaved.
He said as chief he represented the community and was its traditional authority, so he had to listen to and work with his people.
Community members donated between R150 and R200 each and bought Thomo a Nissan 4x4.
Dikgale said the new car was for his job as chief and not for meaningless travels.
The new chief thanked members of the community as well as the royal family.
"I am a chief because of my people and I should treat them equally and fairly," he said.
The new chief said he was not afraid to take the throne that some people believed was cursed.
"God is the one who knows everything and if it is his will everything will happen according to his plan," he said.
The Thomo throne can be traced back to 1850 when the first leader, Msongi Thomo, ruled for 47 years from 1850 to 1897.
The last chief before the new one, Magezi Enock Thomo, ruled for only three years and died without leaving an heir.
As a result the chieftainship was transferred to the house of his younger brother.