Kgafela pulls a no-show at Mamone Day celebrations


Busloads of Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela travelled over 600 kilometres to Mamone to celebrate Mampuru Day with their Bapedi relations in South Africa. But they were disappointed when they arrived at the Saturday event not to find Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela, who was expected to grace the event.

In two consecutive Kgotla meetings, Bakgatla were told that Kgafela, who took up residence among his subjects on the South African side following dispute with the government, would grace the Mamone Day event. Different dikgosi from South Africa’s nine provinces attended the event, which attracted thousands.

It however turned out the tribe had been sold a dummy in Kgafela’s name. “The people who organised the trip used Kgabo’s name to lure people to travel to Limpopo. Kgabo had never shown any interest in attending the event,” said a close family member.

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