Premier dragged into long-running royal succession battle

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Premier dragged into long-running royal succession battle

Court swats away rival of Batlharo Ba Ga Phadima Royal Council, which has spent two years defending its current leader

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A succession battle erupting in a royal family in the Northern Cape, with the two rivals taking to the courts to fight for the position of Senior Traditional Leader of the Batlharo Ba Ga Phadima Royal Council, has dragged the province’s former premier Sylvia Lucas, into the proceedings.

In a judgment on the succession debate this month, the High Court in Kimberley explained how the council, a “core customary institution” was made up of relatives of the current ruling family, the Moroni family, led by current acting Senior Traditional Leader, Kgosi Sephiri Dioka.

The then-premier had recognised the Moroni family as the “correct genealogical house” to rule over the Batlharo Ba Ga Phadima community, based on an investigation by the Northern Cape Committee of the Commission of Traditional Leaders...

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