Village torn apart in battle over who should be headman

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Village torn apart in battle over who should be headman

Locals shut down schools as North West town refuses to accept court ruling on who their leader is

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A decades-long rivalry over the headmanship of the Bataung ba Hlalele community outside Brits in North West last week spilled onto the streets of the Maboloka village where angry residents shut down five schools.

“We used our money to buy the land, we also built these schools. We can close them down if we feel it’s necessary,” resident Annah Komane told Times Select. “We are fighting for them [the children], it’s their future. And we will keep them out of schools until we get what we want; they are ours.”

She was one of those fuming after the North West High Court in Mahikeng on Thursday ruled in favour of David Ndei Tsajoa, who has been locked in a protracted battle with Lehlomela Emmanuel Lion over whose father was the rightful leader of the community...

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