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BATTLE OF THE ROYAL QUEENS

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FIGHTING ON: Garate Pilane

Kgosikgolo Kgafela’s aunt in the battle for property with the third wife of the royal aunt’s late husband
A 51-year-old Mochudi woman is fighting royal family for property which she claims she has a right to.  The property battle between the Bakgatla royals and Garate Boji Pilane, wife of the late Letsebe Keteng Pilane is far from over despite a High Court ruling that Garate should be given the property she accumulated with her late husband.
But the deceased’s first wife, who is also the aunt to Kgosikgolo Kgafela II, Tshire Pilane, insists she was the only wife, and that she did not acquire anything illegal.
Garate Pilane, the mother of four, revealed that she got married to the late Letsebe in 1993 and was his third wife.
The deceased was allegedly married three times, Tshire Pilane being the first wife, Garate the third and last. Though Garate claims there was a second wife, The Voice could not confirm that. In fact, according to the first wife Tshire Kgafela, there was never any wife other than her.  Tshire is the Bakgatla’s paramount chief, Kgosikgolo Kgafela II’s aunt.
According to Garate, trouble with the royal family started when her husband died in 2003 after a short illness. She alleges that her in-laws then took control of the funeral arrangements without including her.
She fought back, stopping the funeral.
“I went to the bank to stop any transactions from my late husband’s accounts and the benefits from his work as he had just retired. My in-laws then went to the High Court to be reconciled with me so we could bury my husband,” said Garate.
She said that after the funeral, her husband’s relatives took away all the property saying it belonged to their child. In fact, the third wife alleged that her late husband’s first wife Tshire and the Pilane family chased her (Garate) from her matrimonial home. She said she later heard that Tshire was renting out the house without her consent.
“Ke nyetswe ko kgosing kele motlhanka, erile monna wame a sena go tlhokafala masika a gagwe atla go nkamoga dithoto (I was married into the royal family as a nobody so after my husband passed away his relatives came to take my property),” said pained Garate, noting that “traditionally, if you are not from the royal family you have no say when the royal family says something.”

ESTATE EXECUTOR: Pheto Pilane

Kgosi Mainole Komane ruled that Pheto Pilane, who was the executor, should collect the property and give it back to Garate, as she was still Pilane’s legal wife when he passed away, but this is yet to happen.
In fact, Garete’s lawyer, Thabiso Lepang of Unity Dow and Associates insisted that the first wife took away “the deceased’s cattle and sold them without his wife’s (Garate) knowledge.”
He further alleged that very senior members of the Bakgatla royal family “took some of the deceased’s property and divided” amongst themselves and “also gave away Garate’s husband’s property when she was still in hospital”.
When asked to comment on the allegations, Tshire Pilane, however, insisted that she got nothing but three cattle and a piece of field.
“I only walked away with three cows that were for my late son. I thought it was a waste of time to claim the property and besides, at that time I was working and didn’t really care. The field is now to be part of the area where there will be a Mine and I’m planning to use the money to buy tombstones for my late husband and son,” said the 77-year-old lady. In fact, Tshire Pilane is surprised by the turn of event, saying she never knew of Garate until after the property war began.
Regarding the house in dispute, the first wife explained that Pilane’s family gave it to her after his death. The house now belongs to her daughter Nkibi Batleng. According to Pheto the plot in question never belonged to Pilane but belonged to Nkomeng Sekgokong, who is also Pilane’s relative.
Sekgokong confirmed that she indeed gave Pheto Pilane the piece of land and that Pilane had erected a fence around it for protection as people were after it.  She said she explained everything to Kgosi Mothibe Linchwe when he called her to resolve the issue.

34 COMMENTS

  1. ke mathata my aunt gagona gore go ta tweng,ke gore o itseile ntate ka gr ene o single nd he is vry rich mr thn u cn imjn.

  2. go maswe ko kgatleng.. anyway tota dilo tse dingwe ga o le motho u should jst let them go, ka gore wabo osa di berekela. kana tota gape go nna re itlatlarietsa ka dilo tsa moswi gago monate, toat le ene ke eng ane asa kwale will. hei….bagolo le bone ka go nyala lefufa. gone mme go nyala lefufa ke ga eng. agg……..

  3. Eish boswa hle ke mathata. Bathong nnang lo dira di will to avoid di conflicts hleng.Mara why batho ba rata boswa i min dilo tse o sa di huhulelang?

  4. Nonx

    go maswe if ba bogosi are also involved, boswa boa ratega. o ntse ale kae the 1st wife when the old man was cohabiting the other lady jaanong. kgaoganang madi jaaka monna wa lona le mo amogane ijaa le a lapisa le bagolo.

  5. NNA GA KETLHALOGANYE STORY FA, A THE FIRST WIFE O NE A TLHADILWE IF NOT A ENE O NE A SA AGELWA FA A NNANG TENG, BA BOGOSI LE BONE BA TLHABISA DITLHO FA BA LWELA BOSWA JWA MOSWI MALATA O NE A TLA LWELANG JANONG. Bakgatla a ko lo iputheng metlhala lo ba bogosi lo itse melao yotlhe.

  6. A Kgosigadi e fiwe ditsayone! Setswana sa rona se mo letlelela go fiwa dithoto tsa gagwe! Ga go molato ka ngwao ya Setswana gore kgosi a bo a nyetse go basadi ba le kalo! Jalo, go bosula gore a amogwe ditsagagwe!

  7. O TSHWANA LE NNA MONZA, TOTA MME WHERE WAS THE 1ST LADY FA KGOSI ANE A OKIWA KE MOHUMAGADI GARATE AT THE FIRST PLACE…? LE GONE GO TSAMAYA JANG GORE GARATE A FANE KA PILANE ANE ASA NYALWA?? LE TSHWANETSE LA THALOSA THATA LONA BA KGOSING…..!!!

  8. Batho betsho, go nyala lefufa go fitile le nako tsele tsa maloba, gompieno ga o dira jalo e a e le go batla go losa batho…. People we are now leaving in the 21st century, who wud want to share a man…..

  9. Ao bathong tlheng, lesang go nna le lwela boswang, iperekeleng ka diatla tsa lona, le leseng se motho a seitiritseng a sale botshelo…. Ao! mo go ama waitse.

  10. Ao bathong tlheng, lesang go nna le lwela boswa, iperekeleng ka diatla tsa lona, le leseng se motho a seitiritseng a sale botshelo…. Ao! mo go ama waitse.

  11. Pereko le ene o sale jaaka aya meepong ga sala go itirella kwa kgatleng, mmapereko tlhe ako o kgaleme tota gatwe keng?!!!!

  12. e tsentse tlhako kgamelong ko Bakgatleng, kamoso kgosi o a tlhatlhelwa ka moso o lwela boswa. Bakgatla phekolang motse le tla tloga le sale le re hane erile. rona morafe re tla tshabela kae ga go lwa lona jaanong? ijaa…………………………….

  13. waitse!! masika gaana pelo ako baitirele ba lese go emela dilo tse eseng tsa bone. Betsho ithute go iterela lo lese bogagapa, m very sorry mi auntie, eo gae bereke gore o mang one a go ratile a sa lebelela gore o motlhanka, ko legodimo re lekana fela

  14. Ehe! jaanong tlhalosang gore hw cum for Garate to inherit the surname,and wen it cums to properties she is not of Pilanes family.Neelang the Ngwana wa batho ditsagagwe.AO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Tota kgang e e itsiwe ke beng ba yone hela bathong.Mme hela from what I can gather is that the first wife was staying at the royal kraal and was given the house that is question when she divorced with the husband.The house that the third wife claims belongs to one of her children. And the other thing the plot she wants to claim was never her husband’s as you can see so ga gona kgang gone fa. Ene o setse ka ntlo ea e agetsweng ke monna wa gagwe pele ga a tlhokafala.Kgang e ntse hela jalo.Ebile tota hela ba bogosi bone bare ga ba itse sepe ka dilo tse gotweng ba di kgaogane le ene Pheto tota o buile gore gaa gakologelwe go nale dilo tse dine tsa salla ko morago.Mme le gale jaaka lawyer ya third wife e buile go tla nna le tsheko e nngwe to establish if the first wife got her share or not so stay tuned and find out more and see who is telling the truth and who is not…
    @ Kgalalelo,she didn’t just inherit the surname but the husband built her a house that she is currently staying in.The house that is in the paper belongs to the first wife…

  16. Eish, fa e le ba ba ko Kgatleng bone baa makatsa waitse! O fitlhela di pampiri di ba kwadile go sa buege sepe se se nang le botho mo teng. Why should it always be Kgatleng? I dont like commenting on news articles but this is just too much nonsens about Kgatleng. Isnt there mature people there?