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By unknown | Feb 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

High-profile leaders, including ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma, cabinet ministers, the executive mayor of the Sekhukhune district, Dickson Masemola, and traditional leaders are expected at the funeral of Kgoshikgolo Rhyne Thulare Sekhukhune on Sunday.

Rhyne died on December 27, aged 60, after battling with diabetes.

The funeral was delayed when the tribe wanted a response from the Nhlapo Commission regarding the Sekhukhune royalty succession.

The commission probed the leadership wrangle in the Sekhukhune royal kraal and the community wanted the commission to release its findings on the issue before the king was buried.

But Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo dismissed the request saying the final report would be handed over to President Thabo Mbeki, who will decide on the implementation of the findings.

At issue is the fact that Rhyne was the legitimate kgoshikgolo of Bapedi. The acting kgoshikgolo is Kenneth Kgagudi Sekhukhune.

Makotanyane Morwamoche, a spokesman for the late Rhyne, yesterday said in addition to the officials, close to 50 representatives from the different embassies had also confirmed they would attend the funeral.

Morwamoche said the late kgoshikgolo would be given a full service funeral befitting his status.

"Our kings, queens, chiefs and indunas [headmen] from all the corners of the republic have resolved to put on their full royal attire on Sunday to bid farewell to one of their own."

Morwamoche said they would give him a royal funeral, despite the fact that the Nhlapo Commission had turned down their request for the release of the findings of the commission before Rhyne's funeral.

The burial takes place in Mohlaletse, GaSekhukhune, on Sunday morning.


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