LIMPOPO MEC for cooperative governance, housing and traditional affairs Basikopo Makamu has called for a united Shigalo royal family.
Speaking at Shigalo in the Collins Chabane Local Municipality in Limpopo during the installation of Hosi Shigalo, real names Musa Baldwin Maluleke, Makamu who was representing Limpopo premier Chupu Mathabatha said as the government they are often called upon to mediate in royal disputes.
He was happy that the process to have Hosi Shigalo went on smoothly with no dissenting voices coming to the fore to ask the government to intervene.
He said that he was satisfied that the Shigalo royal family understood the meaning of unity.
Makamu said people must appreciate that the throne can only be occupied by one person.
“That is why we have brought one chair for the new hosi and it is not a mistake that we brought one royal chair,” he said.
Makamu also called on members of the community to stay away from royal family disputes.
The chairperson of the Vatsonga Machangana Royal Leaders Unity Hosi Dr Lwandlamuni Nwamitwa has called on the government to make sure that traditional leaders regarded as independent headman should be upgraded to the status of senior traditional leaders because they are not under any traditional council.
Other speakers included Hosi Aaron Mahumani of the Mahumani traditional council Nkomo who is the secretary of Contralesa in Limpopo, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke who represented Vanwanati, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale representing Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders.
The chief was officially installed by Hosi Shilungwa Mhinga of the Vanwanati clan.
A number of dignitaries attended the event.
Dignitaries from the government were introduced by Collins Chabane mayor Moses Maluleke, those from the royal echelon by Hosi Shigamani while Prophet Simon Shirinda, known as Gee gee Chapu introduced guests related to the royal family.
The new leader steps into the shoes of his late father, James Shigalo, who was known as king Stapura.