Saturday, December 9, 2023

Bakgatla royal family may be taken to court

April 4 2010: Following the instruction from the minister of Defense, Justice and Security, ordering that both the police and the attorney general probe the vandalisation of Mascom tower that was mounted at Phuthadikobo, the Bakgatla royal family now face the possibility of being dragged to court.

Information reaching Sunday Standard suggests that the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) is likely to take the Bakgatla royal family to the Mochudi magistrate court over the vandalized Mascom tower as well as over the public floggings.

Information suggests that about 10 members of the royal family are expected to appear before the Mochudi magistrate court.
It is, however, not yet clear whether even the paramount chief of Bakgatla will also be among the suspects that will be dragged to court.

Among the people who reported the matter is Mooketsi Tselapedi who was flogged after being accused by the royal family of stealing bridles from the royal family.

Speaking to Sunday Standard, officer commanding Mochudi police station, Senior Superintendent Seabo Maboka said they had recently forwarded some dockets to the Directorate of Public Prosecution which the DPP returned “for further the investigations”.

He said although the investigations are on-going there are some people who will be criminally charged but he declined to divulge their names.

“As soon as we complete the investigation, the dockets will be sent to the DPP who will then take up the matter,” he said.


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