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Sekhukhune funeral to go ahead

By unknown | Jan 30, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

The funeral service of the kgoshi of Bapedi-ba-ga-Sekhukhune, Rhyne Thulare Sekhukhune, will be held on February11.

The funeral will go ahead though the Nhlapo commission of inquiry, which was asked to rule on who is the legitimate king of the Sekhukhune people, has not released its findings.

The acting kgoshi is Kenneth Kgagudi Sekhukhune.

Sekhukhune died on December 27 of diabetes. His funeral was to have been delayed until the commission pronounced on who should be the next king.

The late king's spokesman, Makotanyane Morwamoche, said the people of Sekhukhune had resolved to give Thulare a dignified funeral suitable for a king.

"We are going ahead with the funeral with or without the Nhlapo commission of inquiry," Morwamoche said.

The Sekhukhune royal family has been involved in a legal wrangle for decades over who should be the kgoshikgolo of Bapedi, the rival claimants being between Rhyne and Kenneth Sekhukhune.

According to Morwamoche, the understanding was that Rhyne Sekhukhune was the legitimate kgoshikgolo.

Tensions started in the 1960s when senior royal family members urged Rhyne Sekhukhune to ascend the throne.

He was then a student at the University of the North and advised the royal family to approach Kenneth Sekhukhune to take his place.

Rhyne Sekhukhune went to Johannesburg to look for a job.

By the time he Rhyne Sekhukhune said he was ready for the kingship, Kenneth Sekhukhune had taken the throne.

This led to repeated litigation between the two.


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