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Title:Succession to 'bogosi' among the Batlhako ba Matutu in a changing dispensation
Authors:Coertze, R.D.ISNI
De Beer, F.C.ISNI
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Tswana polities
traditional rulers
customary law
marriage law
Abstract:The Khumalo Commission, which was appointed in 2005 by the Premier of North West Province (South Africa) to report on the legitimacy of the claims by three claimants to the position of traditional leader ('bogosi') of the Batlhako ba Matutu of Mabeskraal to the west of Sun City, referred the dispute in this Tswana chiefdom to academic anthropologists, including one of the authors of the present paper. The Commission's request implied a study of the politico-administrative structure of Tswana traditional communities, the traditional marriage procedure, as well as the genealogical succession since 1830 of the senior traditional leaders of the Batlhako ba Matutu. The paper presents the results of this study as well as the recommendations on the merits of the various claims to the position of 'bogosi' of the Ba Matutu. Research findings disclose traditional rules of succession that determine the legitimacy of claims to 'bogosi' and the procedures that must be followed in the designation of a rightful successor. The study also reveals that succession disputes are currently complicated by European-influenced culture change and administrative intolerance in the application of policy. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]