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ADAMANT: Bana Sekai

Bakgatla Ba-Kgafela in the Kgatleng district have decided to go back to the old system of burying their departed families in their homesteads instead of the allocated burial places.

The move is likely to lead to another showdown between the tribal leaders and the government as the former have indicated that they will not seek permission to do what they think is right in their territory.

In an interview with The Voice, Kgosi Bana Sekai said that although it will not be compulsory, majority of the people have welcomed the move.

He said they came up with the idea as community leaders after realising that there was shortage of land in their area.
“Kgatleng is a small area and we realised that the rate at which people are dying it could be better if some can bury in their homesteads so as to save the small land that is available,” he said.
He  also said that families and relatives  will  have the  opportunity  of looking  after  their loved ones in better way at their  homes because people no longer  take care of  burial places.

Asked if they had approached the government and the land board, Sekai said there is no need for them to consult anyone regarding developments they do in their territory.

“Even if the government does not agree to that we will do as we wish but with land boards I hope they know the crisis that we are facing in Kgatleng regarding land shortage,’’ he said.

However Kgatleng Land Board Secretary Rosieline Kedimotse, sent a stern warning to the community of Kgatleng against implementing the idea saying it was against the law to convert land into a purpose which it was not intended for.

“People are not supposed to change land use because it is against the Tribal Land Act and those who violate that will be brought before court,’’ she said.

Efforts to get a comment from Kgatleng District Council were futile as the Council Secretary was said to be out of office at the time of going to press.

32 COMMENTS

  1. Bakgatla ba leka go lwa le govi mme ga ba kake ba kgona.Le batla tsheko e nngwe gape ya Tribal Land Act.Goromente o a tlotlwa bo ntsalaka.

  2. waitse gore bakgatla ba tshwanetse ba na le seboko sa tlhogo, waitse gore tlhogo tsa bone di a opa, aah!!!!!
    No, ba iseng sbrana

  3. Re setse re lapile ke dikgang tsa Bakgatla. Every weekend there’s something new about Bakgatla. Tota ntwa ke ya eng?

  4. Setse Bakgatla ba ntapisitse tota yanong,,,these pple are all about making headlines…To Mr/Ms Editor, plis re kopa dikgang tse di botoka eseng tsa Bakgatla,,,setse re lapile, ekare ke bone hela morahe mo Botswana mo,,,but they shud be punished for taking the law into their hands,,

  5. oh! no! not Bakgatla-ba ga Kgafela again.kante why do dis people ba rata go dira dilo tse di farologaneng le tsa merafe e mengwe aa re lapile,must ba neelwe award ya morafe oo ratang ATTENTION………….

  6. Ke mokgatla and ke proud ka seo bathong mme hela truth got to be told,bagolo ba rona le leka go re bontsha eng???nnyaa jaanong mo ke go batla attention fela,evry week,bakgatla this bakgatla that,re lapile, sa bitseng dintwa le fa di sa tlhokofaleng teng le goromente,the voice print something new,eseng ka bakgatla tuu,re lapile tota mo go serious

  7. This has nothing to do with Bakgatla as a community but this new leadership! We have never seen anything like this before. Stop extending all this to Bakgatla, least of all insulting them as a community! Many would like to have their usual life of ease and peace back without being ridiculed all over the place as a result of things and decisions they have nothing to do with!

  8. Although it sounds a bit spooky nna i don’t have a problem with this.it can be done right at the back of these big yards tsa bone.That way you wudn’t hav to go far to pay your respects just like the some farmers have done in South Africa.

  9. Nna gake bone gona le bothata ka kgang e,pro ke gr our govt ga batle go tliwa ka idea tse a senang tsona. E nna as if oa phalwa.

  10. But dey shdnt tak law into their hands,Bana Sekai ke podi o gogwa ka tsabe fla,Kgafela ene ke attention seeker waits”we will do as we wish”,dats totally disrepectful.

  11. Tota Bakgatla lare go tweng go gogagona le goromente la re le tla fitlha kae? Bana Sekai kopa thuso ko banneng ba tshwana le Rre Mothibi Lentswe gore morafhe o etelelwa jang kana tota o itse kgwebo ya dibese ke dilo tse pedi tse di sa tshwaneng. Diga maoto o gakolole ngwana Kgafela o tlogele go mo raela gore a tswe mo tseleng.

  12. Bathong tlheng tlogelang go re roga ao…mme gona fela ga re bua nnete ke kakanyo e ntle thata….akere goromente a re ga gona lefatshe so re leka go somarela bonnyennyane jo re nang le jona…

  13. Uhu nare melao ya Botswana ga e tshwane, or is it because ke Bakgatla. Ko Tlokweng go fitlhelwa mo lapeng(fa o sa batle ke GC), jaanong I dont understand gore gatwe bothata ke eng fa Bakgatla ba ka dira jalo!
    The voice e tshwanetse e akela Kedimotse, there is no stern warning ya sepe.
    Kante basarwa bone ba fitlhela kae? Did the Catholic have a change of land use fa Father Urban Murphy a fitlhelwa ko cathederal?

  14. Batlokwa,dithakadu dilo di bata se maroo ke segarona go tswa goo lowe re ntse re nna le baswi ba rona le one mabitla ga rena one gotlhelele mme go sa patiki ga o batla go fitlha ko mabitleng a GC o a kgona ga go patiki mme le bone Bakgatla ba ka dira tsamaiso ba rerisana le puso gona le go dira fela go sena therisanyo ka go baka kgotlhang le Tribal land Act. Morero tota o botlhokwa Bokgabo.

  15. Nna ke ntse ke emetse leano le lentle leo. Waitse re ntse re betswa ke dipoko re le nosi di tla simolola go clapa bangwe.Kante mme mathata ke eng fa rona bakgatla re tla ka sengwe se re dumelang gore se ka re berekela ebe le nna kgatlhanong le sone.Le rata dilo tsa batho e kare le ma rollers.”A BASIMANE BA KGWATHE KGABO”

  16. There z totaly nothn interesting about Bakgatla,i wndr why babega dikgang ba ba rata mo go kana.A ko le bege sengwe se se botoka,le a re bora le bakgatla ba lona…!!!

  17. To you MORATWA; there is a time when you have to make way for developments, you having to be moved to another place so that some new developments can be done. what is going to happen if some people are buried everywhre in the village. you must take time Bakgatla.Golo fa re mo Botswana, lefatshe la molao.

  18. No one can move me from my place period. If they succeed no problem akere go tshwana fela le ko mabitleng ba kgona go dira ditlhabololo mo go ona. caring less about batho ba ba fitlhetsweng gona foo, more especially mabitla a magologolo jaaka a mangwe a teng ko kgatleng go agilwe di ofise mo go ona

  19. AAAAGH….I HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING BAKGATLA ALL ALONG…BUT THIS ONE YA DI GRAVE YARDS IT SEEMS LIKE BO PEKONYANA KANA KE BO TSENO BO BA TSENE DITLHOGONG AND NOW BA ARE LAPISA WAITSE..

  20. GA RE GANE MORATWA…GO A BUISANWA LE LAND BOARD PELE ESENG GORE MTHAKA YO O MASWENYANA YOO A PHATLHOGE HELA..WE DO THINGS ACCORDING TO THE LAW WA BONA…MARE GONE LE LONA LE A LAPISA WAITSE..TOTA LE BATLANG..KANA LA BOFELO GO TLA ABO GOTWE GO NYALANA LONA KOO HELA AND THIS WILL BE A DISADVANTAGE TO US CAUZ MACHERI A RONA A TLETSE DAA WA BONA…E NTLEKE RE TLA DIRA JANG..EISH

  21. Ba ba lapisitsweng ke bakgatla ga ba ise ba lape ba santse ba tla lapa.Can u pliz erase all those negative attitudes that u have towards bakgatla ke gone le ka bonang gore some of these developments are very important and at 1 point all tribes will follow us.I fail to get the bad thing out of these because even young children are buried in the house(imagine) but here we are talking of maybe at the corner of the yard so what the hell are u talking about??????????????????

  22. I think cremation is the best solution. Lo tla re itsa go batla boroko ko magaeng a nyena. I dont support this at all.

  23. ke dumalana le wena @tsenyakoteng,go hihla mo lapeng ga go na bothata bope,e bile go itsa ditshenyegelo tsa go baya meriti,le dithunya,le yone competition ka sebele!nna ke supporta mokgatla on this 1,my granddad and uncle ba hihlilwe mo lapen and it was very cheap.