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By unknown | Feb 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

An ugly royal row has erupted between Chief Sello Madimetja Kekana of the Majaneng clan in Zebediela and his subjects in Limpopo.

The chief's subjects are reportedly supported by his nephews.

Kekana's subjects, who are mostly resident in Moletlane, accuse him of ruling with an iron fist and of being a law unto himself.

They also accuse Kekana of taking unilateral decisions on behalf of the community without consulting them.

The chief's nephew Papilele Kekana said yesterday that his uncle was an obstacle to development in the area.

Papilele said the rift started when the chief suspended his royal assistants for no apparent reason and barred them from the royal kraal.

Papilele said matters came to a head last week when the chief refused them permission to hold meetings aimed at speeding up the process of service delivery in their community.

"The chief sent his people to lock the offices and barred the community from ever holding meetings without his permission," said Papilele.

Another aggrieved subject, Klien Kekana, accused the chief of serious maladministration of the community's finances.

Klien claimed that the chief could not account for the R250000 acquired from a private company to start a brickmaking project in the area.

Klien further alleged that the chief has refused to issue financial statements for the project.

Klien said the community would decide the fate of the chief in a meeting scheduled to take place at a community hall tomorrow.

Chief Kekana said yesterday that there were unruly elements in his chieftaincy who wanted to "corrupt" the entire community with their "power-hungry mentalities".

Chief Kekana is also adamant that there will be no meeting held in the community without his approval as chief of the area.


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