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Bokone Bophirima traditional leader’s house torched

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By Thys Khiba

Bokone Bophirima – The provincial spokesperson for South African Police Service (SAPS), Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed that police in Rustenburg (Mogwase) are investigating a case arson and another of malicious damage to property after the house of the traditional leader of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Kgosi Ramono Pilane Linchwe was torched in Moruleng, outside Rustenburg.

It is alleged that a group of aggressive people, who arrived at the chief’s residence in eight mini-bus taxis and forced entry into premises are the ones who have torched the house in the early hours of Sunday.

“As a result, the security officer ran to the back of the house. The group allegedly smashed the windows of the security vehicle which was parked outside the house and ultimately set the house alight and left the place. The house and a vehicle that was in the garage, were completely burnt. The motive of the incident is still unknown. No arrest has been effected and investigation into the matter continues,” said Brigadier Mokgwabone. 

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the traditional leader of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Kgosi Ramono Pilane Linchwe 

The North West Premier Bushy Maape has expressed his complete disapproval of the incident and directed that security be beefed to protect kgosi Ramono Linchwe.

Maape has directed the the MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari and SAPS Provincial Commissioner General (Sello) Kwena to take urgent steps to safeguard the personal safety of Kgosi Ramono Linchwe, and to ensure that the safety of the rest of the community is guaranteed. 

“We are saddened by this cowardice act which is intended to reverse the gains of the intervention by provincial government into the administration of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela and stir conflict within the community against the rebuilding effort, we together with the Royal Family are working tirelessly to fulfill,” said Maape. 

The North West Premier appealed to the community of Moruleng and all the areas under the Bakgatla Ba Kgafelaadministration to work with government to restore calm in the area and assist the police to arrest those responsible for torching the house.

“Those who are against peace should not be allowed to succeed. Much progress has been registered since we took over the administration of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela following the findings of the commission of inquiry commissioned by the premier. We will soon be reporting back to the community on actions being taken to hold those responsible for maladministration in the affairs of the community,” said Maape.

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