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Scores of subjects of the Amandebele-a-Mokopane from across the Waterberg joined the pilgrimage to the tribal settlement of Mapela for the inauguration of tribal chief, Kgoshi Malesela Hans Masebe Langa II.
The tribesmen arrived from townships in Mookgophong, Bela-Bela, and also beyond in Gauteng, who had since migrated to the urban centres for work purposes.
The backstory to the inauguration was that back in the 1970s, the incumbent’s forebear, Kgoshi Masebe Langa, chose to spend most of his time as an Afrikaans language teacher in the village of Masobe (Pankop), east of Pienaarsrivier.
It was abundantly clear that the new tribal leader was named after two important members of royalty, with the name Masebe coming from the Afrikaans educator, and the name Hans informed by his great-grandfather, Kgoshi Hans Kekana, of the Amandebele-a-Moletlane, in the village of Majaneng, outside Hammanskraal.
The legendary Hans Kekana High School was named after the latter.
The incoming Kgoshi Hans Masebe Langa II, is the eldest son of the Chief Regent, Kgoshi John Langa and the Queen Regent, Rosina Langa.
The new traditional leader was inaugurated on Sunday, 18 March.
The incumbent was described as a visionary leader who aimed to strengthen relationships with various stakeholders and foster social cohesion.
His priority going forward was to restore the dignity of the traditional leadership and empowerment of the community.
In attendance were Limpopo MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Jerry Ndou, the ANC’s Tlhalefi Mashamaite, and Mogalakwena Mayor Andrina Matsemela.
Arts and culture giants such as TV actors Sello Maake ka Ncube and Patrick Shai, and also internationally-acclaimed trombonist, Jonas Gwangwa, graced the occasion.
29 days ago 28 March 2018