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Row over chief's suspension

By unknown | Mar 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Winkie Dibakwane

Winkie Dibakwane

A bitter war of words has erupted between Chief Nyalala Pilane of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela and the royal house over his suspension.

Pilane issued a statement this week on Motsweding FM, saying: "I cannot be suspended by a bunch of people who are anarchists against development."

Pilane said he was inaugurated by the late Kgosi Lenchoe II of Botswana as a legitimate chief of the Bakgatla tribe in 1997 - and no one else could tell him to step down.

Rejecting the chief's statement, Kgosi Segale Pilane said members of the royal house were members by "virtue of birth" and not through any decision by Nyalala Pilane.

Segale said the royal house would inform the more than 350000 tribesmen from around Saulspoort, Moruleng, in North West, about the suspension at a meeting on Saturday at Moruleng.

The royal house suspended Nyalala last month after accusing him of running the tribe's affairs as his own; failing to consult other chiefs on serious matters; enriching himself using the tribe's assets; and because of the theft, fraud and corruption charges he is facing.

He said the suspension of Nyalala will remain in place until the outcome of his court case on March 31.


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