baKGATLA bagaKgafela (Tribe)

 
TITLE: Kgosikgolo POPULATION: 350,000
STATE: Botswana (Saulspoort and Mochudi)
DYNASTY: Masilo
   
PRESENT RULER: Kgosikgolo KGAFELA [Kgafela Kgafela], Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela since 2007.
born 1971, to be installed on 20th September 2008; a practising attorney; married 7th October 2000, Margaret Oshadi of the Mosinyi family of the baNgwato.

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Separated from the main tribe in the 17th century. Rulers were...
  • Kgosikgolo KGAFELA a Matshego, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela, married and had issue. He died before 1700.
    • Kau a Kgafela
    • Tebele a Kgafela, married and had issue.
      • Kgosikgolo Pheto I a Tebele [aka Masellane](qv)
      • Moganetshi a Tebele
  • Kgosikgolo PHETO I a Tebele, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela, married and had issue.
    • Modise a Pheto
    • Mare a Pheto, married and had issue.
      • Kgosikgolo Kgwefane a Mare (qv)
    • Modimokwane a Pheto
    • Rampedi a Pheto
    • Kgosikgolo Teke a Pheto (qv)
  • Kgosikgolo TEKE a Pheto, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela
  • Kgosikgolo KGWEFANE a Mare, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela -/ca1770, married and had issue. He died ca1770.
    • Kgosikgolo Molefe a Kgwefane (qv)
    • Kgosi Mwakgotso a Kgwefane (qv)
    • Kgosi Motshegwe a Kgwefane
    • Kgosi Mongale a Kgwefane
  • Kgosikgolo MOLEFE, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela ca1770/ca1790, married and had issue. He died ca1790.
    • Kgosi Pheto II a Molefe (qv)
    • Kgosi Senwelo a Molefe (qv)
    • Kgosi Matome a Molefe
    • Kgosi Motlotle a Molefe (qv)
    • Kgosi Molefe a Molefe
    • Kgosi Motsisi a Molefe
    • Kgosi Dikobe a Molefe
  • Kgosi MWAKGOTSO, Acting Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1790/1795
  • Kgosikgolo PHETO II [Ramphojane], Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1795/1810, married and had issue. He died 1810.
    • Kgosi Letshebe a Pheto (qv)
    • Kgosi Thari a Pheto
    • Kgosikgolo Pilane a Pheto (qv)
    • Kgosi Kgotlamaswe a Pheto (qv)
    • Kgosi Segale a Pheto
    • Kgosi Sebele a Pheto
  • Kgosi SENWELO, Acting Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1810/1815 and 1820/1821
  • Kgosi LETSHEBE, Acting Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1815/1820, died ca1820.
  • Kgosi MOTLOTLE, Acting Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1821/1824
  • Kgosikgolo PILANE, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1824/ca1848, born 1790, married and had issue. He died 1848 (1851,1853).
    • Kgosi Kgamanyane a Pilane (by Mankube)(qv)
    • Kgosi Bogatswe a Pilane (by Mankube)(qv)
    • Kgosi Tau a Pilane (by Mantshelana)
    • Kgosi Komane a Pilane (by Mantshelana)
    • Kgosi Mainole a Pilane (by Mantshelana)
    • Kgosi Tshomankane a Pilane (by Mmadipitse), born about 1815, son of the Third Hut, he settled at Bopitikwe and after the departure of Kgosi Kgamanyane and half of the baKgatla for Mochidi in April 1870, he became the Chief of the baKgatla in Pilanesberg; he supported his nephew during the baKgatla-baKwena War of 1874/1883, by sending men under his command to fight in the various engagements across the border and by safeguarding stolen baKwena cattle on the South African side of the border; he personally took part in the fighting in that war and suffered a bullet wound in the process; he also aided the British by raising men to fight in their war against the baPedi under Sekukhune in 1877, he also raised money to purchase the farm Kruidfontein, adjacent to Saulspoort, married and had issue. He died 1885.
      • Kgosi Ditlhake Pilane, he moved to Saulspoort in 1888.
      • Mogaritse, married (as his second wife), Kgosi Lentswe I (qv)
    • Kgosi Twenyane a Pilane (by Mmadipitse)
    • Kgosi Mantirisi a Pilane (by Mmakgabo), had issue.
      • Kgosi Dikeme a Mantirisi, father or uncle of Selogwe Pilane.
    • Kgosi Letsebe a Pilane (by Modie)
    • Kgosi Kgabotshwene  a Pilane(by Modie)
    • Kgosi Bothoke a Pilane (by Modie)
    • Kgosi Diphotwe a Pilane (by Modie)
    • Kgosi Kgari a Pilane (by Basotsana)
    • Kgosi Molemi a Pilane (by Basotsana)
    • Kgosi Rankooa a Pilane (by Ntikwe)
    • Kgosi Bafshwe a Pilane (by Kenntse), he supported his brother, Kgosi Tshomankane, during the baKgatla-baKwena War of 1874-1883.
    • Kgosi Moselekatse a Pilane (by Mmakgomo), had issue. He was living in 1865.
      • Kgosi Mokae a Moselekatse
    • Kgosi Kautlwale a Pilane (by Mmalebonye)
    • Kgosi Monamo a Pilane (by Sebolelo)
    • Kgosi Kobedi a Pilane (by Sakalengwe)
    • Kgosi Pilane a Pilane(by Sakalengwe), married (amongst others, as her first husband), Kgosigadi Gagoangwe Sechele, daughter of Kgosikgolo Sechele I of the baKwena, and his wife, Kgosigadi Mokgokong Kgari, and had issue.
      • Kgosi Baitirile a Pilane (by Gagoangwe), succeeded his father Pilane as chief in Moshupa in 1889 and ruled until his early death in 1901.
      • MaSerame (by Gagoangwe)
    • Kgosi Sekumane a Pilane (by Sakalengwe)
    • Kgosi Dikope a Pilane (by Mmati)
  • Kgosi KGOTLAMASWE, Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1833 (in rebellion)
  • Kgosikgolo KGAMANYANE, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1848/1874 or 1853/1875, born 1820/1825, married, and had issue. He died 1874 (May 1875) in Mochudi, Bechuanaland.
    • Kgosikgolo Lentswe a Kgamanyane (by Dikolo) [Kgosi Lentswe of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela of Saulspoort and Mochudi](qv)
    • Kgosi Ramono a Kgamanyane (by Dikolo), born 18th March 1846, he grew up in Saulspoort until April 1870 when he became part of the baKgatla that emigrated to Mochudi; during the Boer War 1899-1902, he commanded one of several Kgatla regiments, the Makoba; he was apointed Kgosi of the baKgatla in Pilanesberg by his brother in February 1903; he took part in the First World War by fighting the Germans in South West Africa; married 1stly, Mantlo, daughter of Matsau, married 2ndly, 1904, Martha Bogadi Moloto (she married 1stly, Thabole), and had issue. He died 1917.
      • Kgosi Tidimane Ramono Pilane, Chief of the baKgatla of Pilanesberg 1945 or 1949/2000, married Irene, and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He died 23rd May 2000 aged 92 years, buried 28th May 2000 in Moruleng Village.
        • Kgosi Merafe Pilane [Merhafe Pilane]
        • Kgosi Nyalala Molefe John Pilane [Kgosi Nyalala Pilane of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela in Moruleng]
      • Kgosi Noel Bogope Pilane, born 25th December 1910 in Moruleng, educated at Mochudi National School in Bechuanaland and at Tiger Kloof in Vryburg, where he trained as a teacher, afterwards, he taught at Ramolope in Moruleng, and contributed towards the building of Ofentse Primary School, also in Moruleng, he left teaching to try his hand at farming as well as operating a general merchandise shop in Maruleng till 1953, when he returned to teaching and taught in a few primary schools, the last being Matuane where he finally permanently retired in 1968; married 16th December 1939, Mmadipheko, and had issue, ten children, five daughtes and five sons.
    • Kgosi Maganelo a Kgamanyane (by Nkomeng), born 1855, died 1875.
    • Kgosi Segale a Kgamanyane (by Nkomeng), born 1860, married Boikanyo, daughter of Matsau, and had issue. He died 1926.
      • Kgosikgolo Molefi a Segale (qv)
    • Kgosi Modise a Kgamanyane (by Nkomeng)
    • Kgosi Motshele a Kgamanyane (by Nkomeng)
    • Kgosi Leshage a Kgamanyane (by Nthebeng)
    • Kgosi Matlapeng a Kgamanyane (by Nthebeng)
    • Kgosi Dialwa a Kgamanyane (by Nthebeng)
    • Kgosi Mokoke a Kgamanyane (by Mpafi)
    • Kgosi Mpolela a Kgamanyane (by Mpafi)
    • Kgosi Toto a Kgamanyane (by Lepono)
    • Kgosi Poni a Kgamanyane (by Mmalenare)
    • Kgosi Mothibe a Kgamanyane (by Masotwe)
    • Kgosi Paul a Kgamanyane (by Masotwe)
    • Kgosi Sekgoma a Kgamanyane (by Masotwe)
    • Kgosi Motshwane a Kgamanyane (by Selolwang)
    • Kgosi Masebane a Kgamanyane (by Mmantsesane)
    • Kgosi Pete a Kgamanyane (by Mmantsesane)
    • Kgosi Kupakeng a Kgamanyane (by Mmamogau)
    • Kgosi Maponyane a Kgamanyane (by Mma-mogau)
    • Kgosi Ramorajana a Kgamanyane (by Mokgweti)
    • Kgosi Mogale a Kgamanyane (by Mosetlhe), married and had issue.
      • Kgosi Amos Kgamanyane Pilane (qv)
    • Kgosi Ranfolo a Kgamanyane (by Keiseng)
    • Kgosi Diphotwe a Kgamanyane (by Keiseng)
    • Kgosi Remenane a Kgamanyane (by Nkomeng)
    • Kgosi Jautse a Kgamanyane (by Nkomeng)
    • Kgosi Setsebe a Kgamanyane (by Nkomeng)
    • Kgosi Maganelo a Kgamanyane (by Nkomeng)
    • Kgosi Ntita a Kgamanyane (by Letlobokwe)
    • Kgosi Letsebe a Kgamanyane (by Peete, 23rd wife) 
    • Kgosi Kgabotshwane a Kgamanyane (by Peete)
    • Kgosi Moesweswe a Kgamanyane (by Peete)
    • Kgosi Rampedi a Kgamanyane (by Bagome)
    • Kgosi Rakanyane a Kgamanyane (by Mantlha)
    • Kgosi Moji a Kgamanyane (by Mantlha)
    • Kgosi Mokotedi a Kgamanyane (by Mantlha)
    • Kgosi Loube a Kgamanyane (by Mantlha)
    • Kgosi Kgari a Kgamanyane (by Mmadikeledi)
    • Kgosi Molemi a Kgamanyane (by Mmadikeledi)
    • Kgosi Molomuwatau a Kgamanyane (by Mapula), married and had issue.
      • Sefako Aaron Pilane, married and had issue.
        • Diratsagae Pilane (by Matalane), he died sp.
        • Norman Clement Molomoatau Molomo (by Matalane), married Dumazile Doreen Molomo (née Zondo) from Ladysmith, South Africa, and has issue.
          • Fred Sefako Molomo, married and had issue.
            • Molomoatau Clement Molomo
          • Batho Christopher Molomo, married and had issue.
            • Thato Molomo
            • Bafana Kgotla Molomo, married and had issue.
              • Letshego Molomo
          • Mpho Gregory Molomo, married and had issue.
            • Kabo Molomo
            • Kgamanyane Karabo Molomo
            • Makgotso Molomo
        • Ray Matlapeng Molomo (by Mathuba), married and had issue.
          • Diratsagae Molomo (by Malecha), married and had issue.
            • Lekgotla Molomo
          • Reginald Molomo (by Malecha)
          • Sefako Molomo (by Malecha)
          • Kgosi Molomo (by Malecha)
          • Leungo Molomo (by Motlhagudi), married and had issue.
            • Atang Molomo
          • Selala Molomo (by Motlhagudi), married and had issue.
            • Mothei Molomo
        • Justice Tiki Molomo (by Mathuba)
    • Kgosi Makgotso a Kgamanyane (by Mapula)
    • Kgosi Mokgalagadi a Kgamanyane (by Mmokotse)
    • Kgosi Pheto a Kgamanyane (by Mmokotse)
    • Kgosi Masuge a Kgamanyane (by Mmokotse)
    • Kgosi Ramokokole a Kgamanyane (by Mosaye)
    • Kgosi Ramona a Kgamanyane (by Mmaserufe)
    • Kgosi Ramathari a Kgamanyane (by Tselane)
  • Kgosi BOGATSWE, Acting Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1874/1875 or 1875/1876

  • Kgosikgolo LENTSHWE I, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1875 or 1876/1924, born 1854/1857 in Masebudule nr Saulspoort, Transvaal, baptized in 1892, married 1stly, Motlapele, married 2ndly, Mogaritse (a cousin), married 3rdly, Lokwalo, and had issue. He died 25th October 1924 (#2) in Mochudi, buried in  Mochudi.
    • Kgosi Kgafela Gisbren Pilane (by Motlapele), born 1880, married Kgosigadi Seingwaeng, born 1883, died 1967, and had issue. He died 1914.
      • Kgosikgolo Molefi Kgafela Pilane (qv)
      • Kgosi Mmusi Kgafela Pilane (qv)
    • Kgosi Isang Pilane (by Motlapele) (qv)
    • Kgosi Ofentse Pilane (by Motlapele) fl.1942, Chief of the baKgatla in Saulspoort 1922/1942.
      • Kgosi Thari Pilane, Chief of the baKgatla in Saulspoort 1943/1949, succeded by Kgosi Tidimane Ramono Pilane (see above)
    • Kgosi Radikolo Pilane (by Motlapele)
      • Kgosi Mokoke Pilane
    • Kgosi Bogatshwe Pilane (by Motlapele)
      • Kgosi Motlogelwa Pilane
    • Kgosi Bakgatla Pilane (by Lokwalo) (qv)
    • Kgabyana (f), her father transferred his rainmaking powers to her in preference to her brother, Kgafela. He also taught her the rituals that were performed to fortify and strengthen the kgosi for his position.
  • Kgosi ISANG PILANE, Regent of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1920/1924 and Acting Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1924/1929, born 1884/1886 in Mochudi (3), initially educated at home in Setswana and English by Thomas Phiri, then at Zonnebloem College, in Cape Town, he became secretary to his father in 1914, and was sent to Moruleng in 1917, following the death of Kgosi Ramono to supervise the appointment of Dialwa as a regent there; the following year he finalised the title deeds for all the Kgatla-owned land in the Pilansberg, he was appointed as Regent, following his father's stroke in 1920; he initiated and completed a number of important development projects for the baKgatla on both sides of the border, including the construction of a number of badly needed boreholes in Mochudi, the building of ‘Mochudi National School’ in 1923, and the construction of a “Bakgatla National School” in Moruleng; he oversaw the acquisition of more land by the Pilansberg baKgatla, during which he accumulated considerable propertyin his own name; he was strong and capable and is considered to be the most progressive kgosi of his time and a truly “remarkable man”; he relinquished the regency and passed on the bogosi to his nephew on 14th October 1929; married and had issue. He died 1941.
    • Kgosi Ramono Pilane 
    • Kgosi Lentshwe Pilane
    • Kgosi Bontle Pilane
    • Kgosi Bontlana Pilane
  • Kgosikgolo MOLEFI KGAFELA PILANE, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1929/1936 and 1945/1958, born 1909, married Mohumagadi Motlatsi Pilane, and had issue. He died 1958.
    • Kgosikgolo Lentshwe II Pilane (qv).
    • Edith Pilane
  • Kgosi MMUSI KGAFELA PILANE, Acting Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1936/1942 and 1969/1972, Regent of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1958/1963, born 1915. Living in April 1999.
  • Kgosi Bakgatla, joint Regent of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1942/1945 (Member of the Council of Regency), married and had issue.
    • Kgosi Senwelo Bakgatla
    • Kgosi Pheto Bakgatla
  • Kgosi Molefe, joint Regent of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1942/1945 (Member of the Council of Regency)
  • Kgosi Amos Kgamanyane Pilane, joint Regent of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1942/1945 (Member of the Council of Regency), born 1888, died 1984 (or 1983).
  • Kgosikgolo Lentshwe IIKgosikgolo Lentshwe II Molefi Kgafela, Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela 1963/2007, born 2nd May 1935 (#1) in Mochudi, Installed as Paramount Chief on 6th April 1963; educated at Linchwe Primary School and Bakgatla National School in Mochudi, then at St. Joseph's College and later Emmarentia Geldenhuys School in South Africa, he continued his studies abroad, at Woodehester Park and Southern Municipal College, Essby, U.K.; Ambassador to the USA and High Commissioner to Canada 1968/1972; he served as president of the Customary Court of Appeal 1991/2007; married 1966 in St Mary's Cathedral, Johannesburg, Catherine Motsepe of Phefeni [Mohumagadi Mmaseingwaeng], and had issue, three sons and one daughter. He died in August 2007 and was buried 1st September 2007 according to traditional custom at his home, on a hill near Phuthadikobo Museum.
    • Kgosikgolo Kgafela [Kgafela Kgafela] (qv)
    • Kgosi Bakgatle Kgafela
    • Kgosi Mmusi Kgafela
    • Seingwaeng Kgafela
  • Kgosi Mothibe Linchwe, Regent of the baKgatla bagaKgafela [xx.8.2007] - [xx.9.2008]
  • Kgosikgolo KGAFELA [Kgafela Kgafela], Paramount Chief of the baKgatla bagaKgafela (qv)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Kgosi Seloge Pilane, born about 1901, died 2003 in Mochudi.
  • Kgosi Mothibe Linchwe, installed as Chief of the baKgatla in April 1999, on the retirement of Kgosi Mmusi Kgafela Pilane.
  • Deputy Kgosi Phulane Pilane 2008
ADDITIONS, CORRECTIONS, SUGGESTIONS? ... Click_here
Back to WORLD OF ROYALTY or INDIAN PRINCELY STATES



1. 1936 according to the "Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Botswana" by Richard P. Stevens; The Scarecrow Press, 1975, p.90
2. Dictionary of South African Biography, W.J. de Kock then D.W. Kruger (Eds), Volumes 1 to 5, 1972, vol.V p.444
3. Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Botswana by Richard P. Stevens; The Scarecrow Press, 1975, p.70