The North West Committee on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims has finalised investigations into 102 disputes involving traditional leadership and presented its recommendations for consideration, North West Premier Thandi Modise told the Portfolio Committee on Provincial Affairs and Finance in the Provincial Legislature. Premier Modise has committed to brief the portfolio committee on the findings of the committee after she has applied her mind to the recommendations of the committee.
Although Premier Modise has in terms of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act 41 of 2003 up to 60 days to study the report and apply her mind to the findings and recommendations of the committee, she has committed to finalise the matters a lot sooner thanthe maximum period set by the Act that established the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims.
The Commission’s Provincial Committee is scheduled to meet with Kgosi James Ramokoka and the Ba-Phalane Royal Family on Tuesday to gather information on the history of traditional leadership of Ba Baphalane, their customary law of succession and confirm their genealogy.
The meeting follows the 22 March 2013 North West High Court ruling by Honourable Judge Landman that dismissed with costs an application for interdict by Kgosi James Ramokoka preventing the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims from investigating,conducting hearings, compiling and submitting a report in respect of the dispute regarding the chieftaincy over the Baphalane Tribe lodged by Bosman Noah Ramokoka.
Meanwhile, The Provincial Committee has appealed to representatives of the Bahurutshe Ba-Moiloa Boo Ramotshere Royal Family not to proceed with arrangements for inauguration of a successor to the late Kgosi Monnaamere J Godfrey Moiloa on15 June 2013 until it has finalised its investigations as to who should be the rightful heir to the chieftainship and Premier Modise has issued the heir with a recognition certificate.
The appeal is in line with a High Court ruling that directed that the current regent should remain at the helms of the affairs of the tribe until investigations are finalised and a recognition certificate is issued by the Premier.
The Commission for Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims was established in terms of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act to restore the dignity and integrity of the traditional communities and the entire institution of traditional leadership across the country.