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Have you seen him? Kgosi Kgafela

Members of the public react to the ruling
Things took a dramatic turn on Wednesday when the paramount chief of Bakgatla Ba Ga Kgafela, Kgosikgolo Kgafela II and 10 of his co-accused person disappeared into thin air.
This was after Gaborone Regional Magistrate Barnabas Nyamadzabo had ruled that Kgafela, his younger brother Kgosi Mmusi Kgafela, Bakgatla Deputy Chief Kgosi Sekai and 11 others be remanded in custody for 14 days awaiting trial.
Kgafela II and his tribesmen are charged with five counts of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm emanating from the alleged illegal floggings that have become part and parcel of the Kgatleng area since Kgafela took the throne. Only Kgosi Sekai was in jail at the time of going to press.

Dubani-wa-Dubani took to the streets to get views of the people on the ruling that had been made to put the Chief and his men behind bars.

Naledi Peggy Modikanele
“Anyone who breaks the law should be prepared for the results. Kgafela and his men are subject to the law like anybody else and I hope Nyamadzabo’s ruling today will help others in positions of authority realise that they have no right to break any law and expect to get away with it. What is the reason for having the police and the courts if some people can go around arresting and beating people at will. Like the magistrate said policing should be left to the cops and punishment to those legally appointed to do so.”

Matilda Moonaseboko
“Kgafela’s intentions are good but I honestly think that he could have acted better in his attempts to bring some order to his people. I am a Motswana and I believe that flogging is an important part of our norms. Our laws also allow it provided it’s done properly. I believe it has a positive effect when properly used.”

Kebabonye Lekgoanyane

“The whole saga is a shame. The impression it gives the world is that we are a nation that does not value its tradition and culture. The right to be heard before being punished is part of our tradition as is corporal punishment. I also blame our politicians for not giving back to Dikgosi the authority and respect they deserve after Botswana became independent. Kgafela is simply trying to revive values that can make us a better people. It’s a pity he has to go through all this”.

Obuseng Rapula Keeditswe
“Detaining Kgosikgolo it totally wrong. Tradition and culture give him the right to discipline his subjects and anybody in his territory in anyway he deems fit and this includes flogging.  The government says it is concerned about crime, alcohol abuse and other undesirable things but when somebody tries to help he is sent to prison. If I could be allowed I would serve his sentence for him. Batswana especially Dikgosi should stand by him before we become an even more rotten nation of insolent children, irresponsible parents, thieves and murderous.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Ke yone Displine ya ga Tautona. Detaining Kgosikgolo it totally wrong. Tradition and culture give him the right to discipline his subjects and anybody in his territory in anyway he deems fit and this includes flogging

  2. ae….waitse gore yo gotweng kgafela o bata gore tshamekisa…a boele hela ko zanting a ye go arabela matakala a a dirileng..o ithaya a re ke eng ne ene…ga se gore batho ba ba tshwerweng ke dimata kana…ija

  3. dramatic turn indeed, i still do not understand why Kgafela’s uncles , dikgosi & political leadership allowed the situation to degenerate to this. They should have talked Kgafela down behind doors than turning this into politics. I know what Kgafela did is wrong but i mean this should have been dealt with better than this.

  4. kgafela wee,yo gotweng nyamazabo o bata go kgwatha.ok a mophato o mo late kgosi.kana wa bona mathata ke gore ga a rupa ha o bona a riana.O sie kgosi.

  5. a mophato o molatele,o mo tshware jaaka o ntse o dira…ija,maybe ga a rupa ga o bona a sa itse molao jaana…

  6. we cant abuse people under the context of culture…if the floggings were done in the right way nka bo go sena dis court cases..

  7. We do love our culture, and we love Kgafela too, but i do have a problem with people who foolishly abuse others under the name of our culture. Ngwao ya rona is not abusive. According to setswana wrong-doers are tried. Let him be jailed!

  8. kgafela ga a itirele lehatshe la gagwe if o batla go baya molao, tota ene ga ke mo blame, ga a xave nix ka law…khi khi khi, ba kile ba mpoleya mo BTV..

  9. Guys am confused. Wats really guin on in Bots.Gatwe tlotlang kgosi e kgolo banna. Owaii bo Keoneao are confused.Waitse mo na ke Culture vs Law

  10. hehhe! ga go na ka culture motho a sotla batho jaana,mosadi wa bo a ne a thuntse hatlhego maloba ha, mxim, wa tena, hw do respct kgosi a sa itlotle, go riana o sietse kae? o kare o ka swela gone a kareng mosarwa a gamotswe ke serame

  11. Gatwe botlhale boja mong wa bone, mo ke mo go tweng boso boja mong wa bone.Tanki rre Nyamazambo o thusitse bakgatla ba ba sa itseng molao.

  12. Culture vs Law indeed; humanity vs_______?

    ke raa gore batho ba bangwe ne ba kgwatha hela (severely), ba sa fiwe nako ya go ikarabela.

    Law comes b4 all mo malatsin a gompieko.

  13. Monna kgabo o ba bitse these guys ba a go twaela ,tsaya thobane o ba bolae o ba ruti moloa mfana .Mmusi le Sekai bata pota ka kwa wena o bo pota ka kwa le ba bitse le ba rute molao .

  14. shew!what an exciting week this has been.Nyamadzabo is a real honourable man.ke mo rololela hutshe for stopping the madness and arrogance that was taking place.however it ends the humiliation the chief and his tribesman is facing being in the slammer will surely make the victims(minus the woman hu lost her baby) feel better.

  15. A hee!!! tanki morena re kopane le bone. ke bao!! bane ba ikgatlha ka go betsa batho ba sena molato.. Kgafela, e ke poso ya rona rotlhe gase ya gago.. o raya gore o ka busa ka puso ya ga Mogube fela jaana. mo Bots. we worship our creator not his creation..

  16. Lo msana uno gama, togela go tshameka mona aa. Toronko ya tshabega fa o bona monna a ne a sia jaana. Tota ene ke leclownara fela ga a itse sepe ka Law, kana o dirile maoko a yone gatwe o ne a tsena universty ya teng kae?

  17. togelang ntsa eo e nne mo kgolegelong, a te a utlwe gore molao gase motshameko…but guys elang sengwe thoko in ths country, we are having problms wth most of ths guys ba ba dirileng law,,,

  18. Gatwe nywee nywee ke wa eng..!yo ke kgosi wa rona nd re mo eme noken ka tsotlhe..!whoever judges him without any facts o tlaa ipona.nyamadzabo o mmakaditse a linka miscourage wa mosadi without di facts.nd dats a disgrace 2 the nation’s judiciary..!14 days oa wela our kgosi wil b bak..!lona balo tsositsen modumo bogosi ja maganyena boa lwelwa kwaa lo shenametse ja rona.nna re aga kgatlen wa rona…!nd must re dira di toll gate ko mmamashia leko artesia so dat gale ralale our kgatlen teritory..!le tlaaya go heta ko lephephe..!

  19. Kgosi e e ya kgokgontsha mme legale mme a ye go kopana le kgosi ya bakwena ba ithute go etelela batho sentle.

  20. Thupa ga e molato go molato modirise wa yone , kotlhao ga e na molato ope go molato yo o e dirang, ngwao e siame e bile go molemo go e tshegetsa a re se e kgokgontsheng, kgosi ke kgosi ka batho e bile kgosi thotobolo betsho… rre kgafela ga o phoso go tsenya ko thao lefa ele go baaakanya chaba ya gago e bile ga o phoso go busetsa ngwao, phoso kefa o dira dilo tse tsotlhe ka go kgokgontsha. ke ipotsa ka ba ba reng go siame fela gore a othae jaaka a dira gore fa go ka di ragalela bone ba betswa ba bo ba senyegelwa how wil they fel it. I stil say NO to what kgosi a se dirileng,,,kgosi ke kgosi ka batho.. fa batho ba go bontsha phoso ya gago sekegela mafoko a bone tsebe mme o ikobe.kgotla e tsenngwa mo tirisong batho ba seke ba bo ba a tholwa not what you guys sre doing, o kgalemetswe mare o itirile tsebe se utwe kgosi a leader hv to lead by example bt wit u kgosi go pharologanyo ga o kgalemelwe you are always rite,,,phoso e dirwa ke motho e bo e bakanngwe ke motho.I wil like it o thathellwa go lwela ditshwanelo tsa batho ba gago not go gataka ditshwanelo tsa batho ba gago,,nyaa bakgatla le lona ke a lo rapela le fa gotwe mafoko a kgosi a agelwa mosako mare a mangwe you hav 2 stand n fght for your rites. ke dumela gore o tla ithuta sengwe afta jail.Go tla siama

  21. kgafela ke kgosi, he should lead by example, he should account for what he did. go sia ga gagwe go re supetsa gore ke legatlapa. he have powers but they should not be abusive jaaka re bona. re a kae ba gaetsho fa bagogi ba rona ba gogela mo sekgweng jaana. as the nation we wont accept that.

  22. kgafela o twaela lehatshe. sent hm to pris. hatshe le ha se la bakgatla.go rupa ga supa bomodimo kana bonna.

  23. ija nenka makala kgafela beke e wela a seo m dipampiring o rata boselebo waitse…tsamay baye gogo ruta batho n oya go fitlhel baba rupisan sentle, o bona o bareng sekai oo a tsamaele ruri…………

  24. its simple, Kgosi e ko toronkong, o bakile, o teng mo mmegi ba tlhalosa ko a teng. o bakile, o ka re ba ka mo altholela loso, motho o ka itira setshwenyi hela jaana. he had no ryt to abuse ba2 jaaka a dirile. gatwe he is in jail, n he is bein treated lyk any ada prisoner. ke ipotsa gre ke eng a sa kgwathisiwe da same way he did to adas malatsi otlhe phakela a tsoga.

  25. I an’t surprised gore kgosi Kgafela and his regimes ba tshabile after being remanded for custody.Fortunate enough,He knows the difference between law and his assumed “culture”.i mean he has done law.What he should do together with his regimes is to “run back” ba tle go arabela molato wa bone.They are just waisting their preciuos time because the law has taken its cause,anyhow setswana sa re “molato ga o bole”,fa ba boa,ba tlaabo ba ntse ba emetswe go atlholwa.they should just come back quick because by now ba kabo ba setse ba kgaotse malatsi mo dingwageng tse ba tshwanetsweng go di atlholelwa.Ba ile ba ikgagapelela molao ba sa reetse dikgakololo ba eme ka lefoko”it is culture” as if they are the firt people go nna mo lefatsheng,they wanted to live their own way mme ba itse fa ba sa dire sentle,everything nagative has ditlamorago and they should have planned for such.Ke ngwao e bile ke setswana go re ba atlholelwe botlhoka theetso ga bone.Justice all the way for the victims,thats all im saying.Kgafela re bua ngwao jaanong…TLA O ARABELE MOLATO KA FA SETSWANENG.SUPA GORE O MONNA EBILE O KGOSI,O TSEYE KATLHOLO..SIMPLE!!!!!!!!