DINOKANA: Thousands of people braved the rainy weather to pay their last respect for the late paramount chief of Bahurutshe ba ga Moiloa boo Ramotshere,Kgosi Keobusitse III Israel Moiloa in Dinokana near Zeerust yesterday.
Friends, family members, politicians and traditional leaders across South Africa and Botswana hailed Kgosi Moiloa as a visionary leader who served with distinction.
Among those who attended from government were North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Des Van Rooyen, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, and North West MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Manketse Tlhape.
When paying homage to Kgosi Moiloa, Premier Mahumapelo extolled him as one of the most cooperative traditional leaders who fully supported all government programmes.
“He supported all government programmes and initiatives and fully worked with government to ensure that there is healing and renewal in the province. We must learn to live every day as if it's our last because we never know where we might be tomorrow. For those of us in leadership, we must always ensure that we do our best to better the lives of those we serve,” said Mahumapelo.
Minister Van Rooyen said Kgosi Moloa embodied the type of leader who puts the needs and aspiration of those he serves first.
“Let us remember that Kgosi Moiloa was recognised just recently in 2013. It is indeed a sad moment to lose a leader within such a short space of time. My leaders, we are losing our heroes, and we are losing them in large numbers. I wish and hope that the generation that will be taking over the baton is ready and equal to the task. Today’s times require leaders with great abilities who will forever put the aspirations of the people first,” the minister said.
Minister Van Rooyen also lauded the commitment of the North West Provincial Government for supporting the institution of traditional leaders.
“We have seen dedicated attention to traditional leadership by the province in many respects. For instance, we have seen dedicated support to rural communities under traditional leadership on agriculture and cattle farming. And we wish that Setsokotsane must grow bigger and better because it has brought relief to our people,” said Van Rooyen.
Mourners included representatives from the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA), representatives from the Zulu Royal Family in Kwazulu Natal, and representatives from Bangwaketse chieftaincy in Botswana.
Kgosi Keobusitse III Israel Moiloa was duly recognised as the rightful heir to the bogosi of the Bahurutsge ba ga Moiloa in 2013.
He died in a road accident in Dinokana on New Year’s Day.