The Bapedi Paramount King Victor Thulare the III has promised the Bapedi nation that he would forgive his uncle, Kgagudi Kenneth (KK) Sekhukhune, on conditions if he hands back the royal book, and the Kingdom certificates that recognizes him as rightful king.
The royal book, which holds records of all the Kingdom’s activities has been in KK’s position since he was dethroned by Rhyne Thulare, who is the current King’s father.
Speaking to his people at the Bapedi Worrior Kings commemoration event organised by the Thulare Foundation at the New Tjate Royal Palace in Ga-Sekhukhune, Thulare III also warned KK of selling some of Sekhukhune land to its own people.
“Those books are needed. The Bapedi people are hungry. The bapedi people want to build houses. Tell KK to bring back those documents and all shall be forgiven.
“I heard he is selling land to his own people. I am sorry to say this but those who are buying land from him are stupid. How can they buy their own land? KK is not king. He is just my uncle,” Thulare said.
He also made a call to the Bapedi nation to unite because the battle within the tribal house was a waste of time caused by KK.
He said KK was deliberately causing a scuffle as a ploy to sell the land.
“Bapedi you need to regroup as united nation to defend and promote the legacy of our Great Great Grandparents and protect their land. As we commemorate our warriors. We must give them a gift of unity,” said Thulare.
The Kingdom has been engaged in 46 year old royal battle that began with Rhyne against KK, who was throned as an acting king, until he was stripped of his power by a Pretoria High Court rulling that paved the way for Thulare III to ascend the throne in October last year.
The tiff over the throne began in the event Rhyane could not ascend it and his younger brother Phelane was next in line failing in which Rhyane’s other brother from the houses of the deceased king (Thulare II) in order of the house seniority were next in line, who were to be considered ahead of KK who was from a junior house and should have not featured from the line up according to royal tradition. Sekhukhune II was pre-deceased by his son and heir to the throne, Thulare II. This meant that when he died; there was no heir to the throne through him and his wife, Lekgolane, who was recorgnised as timamollo or candle wife.
Morwamoche III, who is the younger brother to Thulare II and KK’s father, was appointed as acting King to raise a ‘seed’ for his elder brother.
Mankopodi was married to Marwamoche III as Seantlo. Marwamoche was KK’s father through his sixth wife, Makoka, but by the time Morwamoche died, Rhyane had already been born through his wife Mankopodi, but was still too young to ascend the throne and his mother installed as Regent until her son was old enough.
However, as time went on, Mankopodi was dethroned.
It is understood that violence broke out and Rhyane moved to Seshego Township outside Polokwane.
However one of the factions asked him later to return and claim his throne, he refused and preferred to re-install his mother.
The Lebowa Gvernment in 1976 then installed KK as acting King when Rhyane asserted his right to the throne and KK was deposed.
The two have been at loggerheads through courts until last year October when the High Court dismissed KK’s leave to appeal and recorgnising Thulare III as the rightful king.
The commemoration was also honoured by The Lesotho Deputy Prime minister flanked by representatives of King Letsie the second of Lesotho. The entourage also brought a horse from Lesotho as a gift to Thulare.