Thursday, April 25, 2024

Gaseitsiwe wasn’t ‘young’ when Khama appointed him Consular Officer

In explaining why he didn’t raise any objection about the ascension of his cousin, Kgosi Malope II as Bangwaketse supreme traditional leader, Metlhaeno Gaseitsiwe has stated that he was “still young” when that happened.

Such ascension happened On October 7, 2011, more than a year after the death of Kgosi Seepapitso IV, Malope’s father, who had been on a long medical leave due to failing health. At this time, Malope had also been working at the main Bangwaketse in Kanye as the Deputy Kgosi and there had always been understanding that he was being groomed to take over from his father. Asked about succession plans ahead of the funeral, royal family spokesperson, Kwenantle Gaseitsiwe, said that the mourning period should elapse first before that was even considered.

“In any case, there is no chieftainship crisis at Ga-Ngwaketse because Seepapitso’s son Malope, who is also the deputy chief, is holding the fort,” Sunday Standard quotes him as saying at the time.

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