|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
Founded about 1200. Rulers were...
- Kgosi SEKETE III, Chief
of the baFokeng fl.1700, married and had issue.
- Kgosi Diale a Sekete (qv)
- Kgosi DIALE, Chief
of the baFokeng, fl.1750, married and had issue.
- Kgosi Ramorwa a Diale (qv)
- Kgosi RAMORWA, Chief of
the baFokeng, married and had issue.
- Kgosi Sekete IV a Ramorwa (qv)
- (Kgosi?) Mmutle a Ramorewa
- Kgosi SEKETE IV, Chief
of the baFokeng fl.1790, married and had issue.
- Kgosi Thethe a Sekete (qv)
- (Kgosi?) Noge a Sekete
- Kgosi THETHE, Chief
of the baFokeng
- Kgosi AUGUST MOKGATLE, Chief of
the baFokeng 1834/1891, died 1891.
- Kgosi TUMAGOLE, Chief of
the baFokeng 1891/1896
- Kgosi MOLOTLEGI, Chief
of the baFokeng 1897/1938
- Kgosi MANOTSHE, Chief of
the baFokeng 1938/1956, born about 1900, married and
had issue. He died 1956.
- Kgosi Edward Patrick Lebone Molotlegi I (qv)
- Kgosi George Molotlegi, born 1936, married Teresa
(Molotlegi). He died 1997.
- Kgosi Edward
MOLOTLEGI I, Chief of the baFokeng 1956/1995,
born 28th November 1928, married 1963, Semane Bonolo
[Mohumagadi Semane], born in Botswana, and had issue,
as well as further issue. He died 17th November 1995
and was buried 26th November at Legato Kraal, Phokeng
- Kgosi Mollwane Boikanyo Lebone Molotlegi II (qv)
- Prince Fosi Boemo Molotlegi, born 1966, died sp
on 18th April 1999 in Johannesburg, and was
buried 1st May 1999 in Phokeng.
- Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi (qv)
- Prince Bothata Molotlegi
- Princess Motswana Molotlegi
- Princess Tirelo Molotlegi
- Ms. Lerato W. Makenna
- Ms. Vivian
- Kgosi Mollwane
MOLOTLEGI II, Chief of the baFokeng
1995/2000, born 1965, Graduate of Howard University in
1991, died sp on 29th March 2000 in
Johannesburg, and was buried 8th April 2000 in
- Kgosi LERUO TSHEKEDI MOLOTLEGI,
Chief of the baFokeng (see above)
- Kgosi Mmokanelo Serobatse of the baFokeng
bagaMatlatla, uncle of Kgosi Leruo.
- Chief Glad Mokgatle 1905-1990, had issue.
- Aaron Mokgatle, born c1942.
- Charles Mokgatle
Monyandioe Moreleba Mokgatle, born 1st April
1911, was the eighth and youngest child of
Setlhare Hebron Mokgatle, a skilled builder and
carpenter, and Salome Mororo-Mokgatle. His grandfather
was Mokgatle Mokgatle (Sekete) the paramount Chief of
the Bakwena tribe of Mmanape of Tshukudu in Phokeng,
Rustenburg. Mokgatle's grandmother, Matlhodi Paulina
Kekana-Mokgatle, was the daughter of Chief Kekana of
the Potgietersrust area of the former Northern
Transvaal (Northern Province). Mokgatle started his
primary education in 1925 at the Phokeng Preparatory
School, run by the Pentecostal Holiness Church of the
Reverend K. Spooner. However, his age and the need for
a living wage, among other things, forced him to end
his formal schooling in 1929. In 1930 Mokgatle moved
to Pretoria, where he devoted much of his life to
political and labour struggles. His initiation into
protest politics took place towards the end of 1930
when he joined the campaign to burn the hated pass
books that the law required all black people to carry
on them. As a member of the Matopo Hills soccer team
he was further drawn into politics in sport,
especially in 1931 when the Scottish team Motherwell
toured South Africa and played only against white
teams. Mokgatle's keen interest in reading inspired
him to enrol at a number of night schools in Pretoria
and Johannesburg. Some of these were run by members of
the South African Communist Party and gave him the
opportunity to learn more about communism and trade
unionism. His political and trade union activism was
given impetus when he joined the Communist Party of
South Africa (CPSA). He was elected to the Pretoria
district committee of the CPSA in 1941, which further
stimulated his activities in these areas. The period
between 1943 and 1954 was his most fruitful and saw
his greatest contributions to trade union and
political organisations in South Africa. He
collaborated with other trade unionists and activists,
leading to the formation of many unions in Pretoria.
He became full-time General Secretary of the
Non-European Distributive Workers' Union in 1943. He
served on the executive committee of the Transvaal
Council of Non-European Trade Unions and became the
secretary of its Pretoria branch during the 1940s. In
the late 1940's, he formed and led the Dairy Workers'
Union and the highly successful African General
Workers' Union. Mokgatle was highly critical of the
cosmetic reforms of the 'liberal' government of J.C.
Smuts and of the ANC's moderate approach to successive
white governments. He took strong exception to the
operation of the Natives' Representative Council. He
and S.S. Tefu turned the Pretoria Market into a
political arena where a series of political meetings
were held and fierce political speeches delivered.
When the government of Dr D.F. Malan passed the
Suppression of Communism Act in 1950, Mokgatle's
'political home' was destroyed as the CPSA disbanded.
Mokgatle's various organized labour and political
activities brought him into headlong contact with
state repression. Between 1930 and 1954 he was
arrested and imprisoned on countless occasions. His
union's offices in Pretoria and his homes in
Marabastad, lady Selbourne and Atteridgeville were
frequently searched and many documents seized. His
overseas mail was intercepted and confiscated. The
banning orders placed on him in 1952 and 1954 by
Minister of Justice, Education, Arts and Science, C.R.
Swart, effectively denied him any form of existence in
South Africa. Mokgatle therefore left South Africa on
September 1954 with a self-written affidavit in his
passport. He ultimately made Catford (London) his
home, aided by the Africa Bureau of Reverends M. Scott
and M. Benson. Later his family joined him in exile.
In 1956 his Atteridgeville home in South Africa was
ransacked during the events that led to the infamous
Treason Trial. Mokgatle began writing The
autobiography of an unknown South African in 1961.
Mokgatle married Nana Tlhogo in 1941. They had one
daughter, Keitumetse Thabo, and a son, Matshidiso
Ernest. Mokgatle died in March 1985 owing to illness.
His son brought his cremated remains back to South
Africa where they were scattered in three places,
Phokeng, Atteridgeville and Church Square in Pretoria.
Prepared by T.J. Makhura, lecturer,
Department of History, Vista University (Sebokeng
Campus). The new dictionary of South Africa
biography Volume 2, Vista University, Pretoria,