Kgafela IIís gathering flops

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What was expected to be a huge turn out of Bakgatla from the various villages in South Africa and Botswana on Sunday in Lesetlheng, outside Moruleng turned out to be a flop, as less than a hundred turned up to the meeting that began late.

There was no kgosi of the kgotla where the meeting was held. Instead an elderly woman, Ausi Tiny was asked to welcome the gathering, but there was no mention of the kgosi of Lesetlheng’s whereabouts.

In fact not a single kgosi was announced at the meeting where one would have expected to see the various dikgosi  from the Bakgatla villages  in attendance.

Even Bakgatla from Mochudi who were expected to be led to the meeting by their dikgosi could not pitch up on Sunday, except four tribesmen and four women who arrived from Botswana.


The elders who were expecting a full house could be heard murmuring among themselves wondering where everybody  was. They were blaming one another for not broadcasting the meeting to Bakgatla, while the few from Mochudi also blamed their dikgosi for the flop.

Kgafela’s uncle who resides in South Africa Rammono, looked concerned that Bakgatla were a no  show.

Ausi Tiny urged the small crowd to persevere and reminded that when the going gets tough, only few people stand. “ We can start in hundreds but at the end there will only be five of us; we trust God, only few people can die for the truth, and not the multitudes, because they are cowards.”

The meeting was called specifically to update Bakgatla on the progress of two developments; how far a certain man appointed as the administrator has gone in his drive to flush Kgafela’s nemesis, Kgosi Nyalala, out of the tribal offices in Moruleng; and how far Kgafela’s private investigator has succeeded in unearthing the multi-million rand rot at the tribal offices.

Both reports were presented by a certain Rampho Pheto at the gathering and they were not so revealing. The kgotla meeting heard that both the administrator, known as Rre Moagi the private investigator , a certain Paul O’Sullivan, met last week Friday on how they should work together.

Pheto also updated the gathering that the Kgafela’s prosecution of his rival Nyalala’s lawyer, Mothulwe, for allegedly embezzling R49 million, still has some distance to go.

Kgafela claims that Nyalala’s lawyer defrauded the tribe of R49 million. However Pheto says while Kgafela’s investigator has found that investigations have been concluded, the private investigator wants to find out whether the contents of the file are strong enough to convict the lawyer, before the   public prosecutor can be asked to act on the docket.

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