The usual serene village of Tonota bustled with more activity at the weekend.
That was when residents and onlookers from surrounding villages thronged the village kgotla (amphitheatre) to witness the Bakhurutshe Chief, Bokamoso Radipitse get married.
The youthful chief got married to Koontse Radipitse from the Maribe family in Mandunyane village. Radipitse was inaugurated Chief of the Bakhurutse last year receiving the baton from his father Ramosinyi Radipitse who stepped down due to old age.
The lively event was marked by song, feast and dance as Bakhurutshe celebrated their Chief’s wedding. Speaker after speaker showered accolades on Radipitse for getting married.
Giving a word of encouragement and blessings to the couple, Pastor Tlhobogang Sepelo of St Engenas Zion Christian Church (ZCC) encouraged the two to adhere to God’s word for their marriage to stand the test of time.
He said they should love each other and never let anything come between them. The Radipitse families are staunch members of the Saint Engenas ZCC church. Pastor Sepelo quoted a verse from the Bible and reminded the couple that God created Eve from the rib of Adam and therefore it shows that a man and a woman were created as one flesh.
In an interview with the Telegraph the father to the bride, Ramosinyi Radipitse said that he is very happy that his son got married while he is still alive.
“He is the oldest of my four sons and he has two older sisters. I am also happy that after I passed the chieftaincy baton to him last year he never disappointed me or the residents. Despite assuming the position at a young age last year, he has proved his critics wrong. In fact he has proved his capabilities. What I can assure you is that he is a well disciplined young man,” said Ramosinyi
Ramosinyi said by getting married, such a move will give him more respect from his subjects. He also said the marriage serves as an inspiration to his peers especially the youth.
Galetotane Batsweleng the uncle to the groom, could also not contain his happiness as his nephew (Koontse) got married. Speaking to the Telegraph he said the family feels dignified for their daughter to be married by a chief.
“The Chief paid 6 herds of cattle and we are happy that our daughter is married to a chief. Koontse is from the Batsheleng Maribe family and from Maunya Ward. By the way the Chief is also a distant relative of ours,” he said with a chuckle.
For his part councilor Chris Machokoto of Tonota of Central Ward also shared the same sentiments speaking to the Telegraph. He said that what makes him happier is that the Chief is from his ward.
“One other thing, our youthful Chief has since been impressive in his administration since his inauguration despite a number of critics who despised his young age and I believe his critics are equally dumbstruck,” he added.
The event was also graced by cabinet ministers, chiefs and headmen.