Lephalale Mayor Praises Batswana

| April 29, 2015

Acting mayor of Lephalale Local Municipality, South Africa, Njuru Motebele has praised Batswana for preserving culture and democracy.

Motebele praised Batswana during his courtesy call on the Central District Council chairperson, Peter Williams.

“I used to listen to Dipina le Maboko programme on Radio Botswana a lot and enjoyed compositions from the likes of the late Ratsie Setlhako,” he said, adding that his municipality associated more with Batswana.

He said his municipality encouraged the resuscitation of culture and took it in high regard a practice he said was copied from Botswana. To emphasise his love and admiration for Botswana, Motebele revealed that he had the first president of Botswana Sir Seretse Khama’s portrait at his home and people revered it.

He said by benchmarking on the best cultural practices from Botswana his municipality feared for extinction of some cultural practices he criticised the young people saying they were over-influenced by western cultures on radio and television screens.

The acting mayor even had a friendly aice to the people of Botswana not to emulate foreign influence such as violence and strikes in order to maintain peace and democracy.

He said: “Le seka la kapakapa dilo tse di tswang kwa ntle,” and jokingly thanked Batswana for not being xenophobic towards him and his delegation.

At the Bangwato kgotla, the delegation was taken through Bangwato cultural practices and traditions and the roles of dikgosi in fostering unity and taking care of the welfare of their subjects.

Speaking on behalf of Bangwato regent, deputy chief Serogola Seretse told the visiting delegation that they were challenged with wayward youths “but we bring them to order accordingly,” he added. The delegation also visited the royal cemetery where they were informed about the Bangwato royal lineage.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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