Chief calls for service

2016-10-05 06:00
FROM the left are Dirahadibonwe Sekonyela (chief), Chief Montoedi Mota (newly inaugurated principal traditional leader for the Batlokoa ba Mota Traditional Community), Mankoe Manthata, Qatho Sekonyela (principal chief at Mokgotlong, Lesotho) and Bokang Molefe (chief at Nquthu in KwaZulu-Natal) during the inauguration.Photo: Tladi Moloi

FROM the left are Dirahadibonwe Sekonyela (chief), Chief Montoedi Mota (newly inaugurated principal traditional leader for the Batlokoa ba Mota Traditional Community), Mankoe Manthata, Qatho Sekonyela (principal chief at Mokgotlong, Lesotho) and Bokang Molefe (chief at Nquthu in KwaZulu-Natal) during the inauguration.Photo: Tladi Moloi

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QWAQWA. – Chief Montoedi Mota, the principal traditional leader for the Batlokoa ba Mota Traditional Community, has requested the Free State government to work together with the House of Traditional Leaders so that they can give better services to the community.

“We are what we are because of the community. Without the community, we are nothing.”

Those were the words of the newly inaugurated chief during his address at the Free State Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and the Batlokoa ba Mota inauguration ceremony.

This took place on Friday (30/09) at the Koos Mota Intermediate School in Tsheseng, Qwa­qwa.

“I am talking to you as my father’s community. I would like to request your support so that we can work together in achieving many things,” he said.

Montoedi, who is the son to the late Morena e Moholo wa Batlokoa ba Mota, Morena Lekunutu Mota, comes in to fill the boots of his father, who passed away in September last year.

Scores of people from all corners of the Free State and Lesotho came in numbers to witness the celebration.

However, Free State premier Ace Magashule was not in attendance and Oupa Khoabane, the MEC for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, stood up for him.

People were entertained with traditional music, with the well-known Apolo Ntabanyane and Tshepo Tshola lined up.

Khoabane congratulated Montoedi, adding that they were looking forward to working with him. He urged those in attendance to go back to their roots and make sure that the young generation does not forget where they come from.

“Our premier always urges us to work with the traditional leaders. The Batlokoa Glen is one of the big glens with people who played a big role in Africa.

“Mofumahadi Manthatisi is one of those who took up the fight for the women.

“We have to respect our chiefs, because they were the ones who launched the ANC together with the church leaders,” he said.

Ledika Moloi, the chairperson of the Free State House of Traditional Leaders, has welcomed the new chief, adding that he has come at the right time.

“We are happy to have young people like you who will help us fight for our people,” he said.

He said they should stand together in fighting for the land, because people need land for houses and for food.

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