Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Seretse offered Ruretse for free if he broke up inter-racial couple

In 1970, what is now called Ruretse was a farm owned by an Afrikaner couple. At the time, Sir Seretse Khama, who was married to Lady Ruth Khama, was the president. “Ruretse” comes from Ruth and Seretse. While the couple’s ownership of Ruretse (referred as Kenmoir in some documents) has been marred by controversy, one of Khama’s former British bodyguards describes it in unproblematic terms – but for a condition that the founding president was offered the farm on.

At this point, Khama owned property in Mokolodi and Chadibe in Tswapong and was interested in buying a farm which was then called Huijers Chance. The farm had been bought by Hendrick Wilhelmus Huijser and Martinus Phillippus Heijser in 1918. Some four years, after independence, the title to the land was transferred to Anna Christina Malan and Felix Festus Malan. For some reason, they owned the farm for only three months before selling it to Khama.

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