The family of a Limpopo chief who died last week say they are relieved and are looking forward to a brighter future without him
Maisha Molepo III of GaMolepo died on Wednesday last week after a short illness. He had a stroke a few years ago and it is believed it eventually led to his death.
Molepo, 57, had been on the throne since 2004 and was in charge of at least 35 villages. But his family described him as an “embarrassment”.
His sister Rhina Molepo said yesterday they were pained by her brother’s death but, at the same time, were also relieved he’s dead .
“We are looking [forward] to a brighter future without my late brother. He was an embarrassment to the Molepo clan,” she said.
Rhina said he was a law unto himself and failed to listen to advice from the royal council.
“He took decisions on his own without the involvement of other members of the royal council.
“It’s a known fact that my brother was a drunk and smoked dagga. We had tried several times to advise him against engaging in such activities, but he would not listen. The royal family will be better off without him. May his soul rest in peace.”
Two more sources close to the royal family confirmed the chief was a burden and had left unresolved issues that emanated from his wayward behaviour.
“We feel pain after the death of our chief, but he has tainted the image of our village through his controversial character. The village has become a laughing stock because of his unbecoming behaviour,” said another royal family member who did want to be named.
Maisha attended Hakainde Boshega Primary School and later went to Boaparankwe.
From there he enrolled for a law degree at the University of Limpopo (then University of the North), where he dropped out.
He then became a motor mechanic to earn a living.
At the time of his death, Maisha was serving as chairman of the House of Traditional Leaders in the Capricorn district, as well as secretary of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa in the same district.
Provincial chairman of the House of Traditional Leaders Chief Malesela Dikgale described Maisha as a great leader.
Dikgale said they were aware of the feud in the Molepo royal family as a result of the late chief’s lifestyle.
He also said the Molepos were advised to discuss who should succeed Maisha. “We are aware that there had been infighting in the Molepo royal family, but have set processes in motion to ensure they resolved their differences.”
He said allegations that the late chief was a dagga smoker and a drunkard had reached them and they were in the process of making an intervention prior to his death.
Molepo will be buried on Saturday at the Boshega royal cemetery at 7am.
Contralesa president Kgoshi Setlamorago Thobejane said they had lost a selfless and dedicated individual. “His death is a challenge for those remaining to take up the spear and continue with the struggle for the emancipation of the African people.”
He also urged the royal family to desist from engaging in mudslinging. “Let us allow Molepo to rest in peace because he has never showed us any untoward behaviour while he was still alive.”