Bakgatla Kgosikgolo Kgafela II is expected return to Botswana before end of March this year.
In an interview with The Sunday Standard, Moagi Molebatsi of the Bakgatla Task Team confirmed that Kgafela might return to Botswana as early as March this year.
He said government has softened its stance on Kgosi Kgafela and other regiments which were charged together with him. The charges are related to illegal floggings that took place in the Kgatleng District a few years ago.
Molebatsi said some of the accused persons had won some of the cases and some of the pending cases are now being settled out of court because most of the complainants have now resorted to reconciling with their regiments and tribal leadership.
”Since we meet in December with a Task Force which was sent by the President Ian Khama, we are now in good books. We as Bakgatla want to see our chief being in a position to interact with us, and we are still in consultation on how he should be able to rule us, whether here in Botswana or in South Africa we don’t have any problem,” said Molebatsi.
Molebatsi further explained that Kgosi Kgafela’s safety and freedom had been secured and he could come back to Botswana notwithstanding any pending issues.
Efforts to solicit comment on Kgafela’s impending return from one of the royal house members, Kgosi Bana Sekai who is also charged together with Kgosi Kgafela proved unsuccessful.
Sekai was in stitches of laughter and told this publication that he “is on leave from doing interviews with Radio or newspaper until all their differences with government are resolved.”
He only confirmed knowing Molebatsi and that he is one of the members on the task team responsible for issues pertaining to Bogosi and negotiations between the tribe and government.
But when pressed further Sekai said he could only talk about matters relating to him. He said two of the charges which were before court have been withdrawn and he is currently has a pending charge of assault and causing bodily harm which he is expected for mention before Broadhurst Magistrate on 26 January.