Friday, August 12, 2022

Kgatleng chieftainship seats still vacant despite recent acquittals

As the war between the Bakgatla royal family and the government rages on, another Senior Chief, Kgosi Segale Linchwe, faces the likelihood of being struck off the government pay roll despite succeeding against the state in the criminal case commonly known as the mascom tower.

The recent triumph at the Court of Appeal comes after his suspension from his duties as a tribal leader.

Information reaching The Telegraph suggests that Segale’s employer might terminate the five-year employment contract that the tribal leader was three years into.

The government, it is reported, is prepared to wipe him off the public service sphere by paying him out of his remaining three period and all the other terminal benefits.

The Acting Director, Tribal Administration, Tumelo Seboko, stated that he is not in a position to discuss anything relating to the employment of Kgosi Segale. Whether Kgosi Segale will be reinstated or not can only be considered upon receipt of official correspondence from the rightful authorities. “We have not received any thing official regarding his litigation.”

Seboko added that once his office is officially informed, then they will be in a position to discuss the matter. That also involves consultation with the relevant stakeholders for advice.
He said as for now he does not have any time frame when the decision will be made.

Regarding vacant positions in Kgatleng Tribal Authority, Seboko said his office is aware of the situation. However it still rests upon the royal family and the tribe to effect a move leading to filling the vacant positions.

Seboko said the first thing that should be done is that the royal family should consult morafe as they are the only authorities that can make a determination, not the government.

He added that once that decision has been taken the names of the suitable candidates will be forwarded to the minister for approval.

Speaking to The Telegraph this week Kgosi Segale said, “I am now ready to go back to work and assist the general public that need my services as kgosi.”

He revealed that he was under a five-year contract but his contract is left with three years.
He indicated that once reinstated his priority would be to see to see that the 15 vacant positions across Kgatleng are filled.

Segale said the positions fell vacant due to deaths of headmen in the concerned villages. These villages include Oodi, Ramonaka, and Artesia just to mention a few.

He however appealed to the government to reverse its decision and reinstate Deputy Paramount Chief Kgosi Sekai as that would in a way bring peace between Bakgatla and the government.

A few months ago, the Minister of Local Government, Peter Siele, declined to renew Kgosi Sekai contract following his involvement in the floggings as well as the destruction of Mascom tower.  
 The Court of Appeal has since set aside the conviction and sentencing of Mmusi Kgafela, Bakgatla Kgafela, Chilisi Matlapeng, Segale Linchwe, Sekai Linchwe and Seikanelo Sebola in the matter.


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