The Jazz King (Part 10)

We left off in 1923 when, in response the missionaries policy of preventing bogwera and bojale graduates from attending their schools, Sebele established tribal authority by creating a new School Board consisting of three of his subjects, Gokatweng Gaealasfshwe, David Kgosidintsi and Martinus Seboni along with a representative from each of the Anglican and LMS missions.

Thereafter, the mission societies cooperated with the Kgosi’s representatives in the running of the schools, but not without some misgivings. From LMS missionary Haydon Lewis’ 1929 annual report of Molepolole: “The whole influence of the male teachers in the schools is against the teachings of Christ, and young men of education are following in the steps of their dissolute Chief and at present there seems no way of making the alternative needed in order to win back the schools to the influence and control of the right people...Our Christian children are being taught by anti-Christian and morally corrupt teachers.”

In the aftermath of imposing a balance between thuto and bogwera, Sebele moved to further consolidate his authority. His financial problems, which at one point had led to threats of civil imprisonment, were effectively reduced. His position was enhanced by the return of a group of dissident Bakwena under Jacob Kgari, who had fled Kweneng during the time of Sebele I. With public backing, the Kgosi was also able to get the British to replace a troublesome Magistrate.

Editor's Comment
‘Boraboko’ should face the wrath of the law

Still in Molepolole, a young woman was also reported missing, only for her decapitated body to be found inside in a shallow grave! The issue of missing persons has always been a challenge in our country, and a considerable number of missing persons are unfortunately found dead! Something troubling is the murders related to missing persons, which touch on an array of issues, including the killing of intimate partners, often referred to as passion...

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