Royal talk

The longest serving member of Batawana Customary Court, senior chief representative, Charles Letsholathebe is planning to retire next year.

Born on March 23rd, 1939 in Tsau, the 81- year -old royal and uncle to the Batawana paramount chief has served the community for the past 58 years.

Letsholathebe started off as a court clerk in September 1962 and was elevated to Chief representative position in 1976.

In 1980 he was appointed the senior chief representative, the position he still holds to date.

In this candid interview, FRANCINAH BAAITSE-MMANA speaks with him over the changing society and civiliasation.

Q: Tell us about your journey in this royal career

A. I started off as a records man, a court clerk.

My duties involved collecting monetary payments, fines and processing passes for cattle.

At the time, the cattle were sold in and through the kgotla (customary court).

Fourteen years later, I was appointed chief representative.

My work involved adjudicating over criminal and civil matters, In October 1980 I was appointed senior chief representative.

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