17 January 2021
PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the late King Thulare III of the Bapedi Kingdom as a hard worker and a “man with a blood of resistance in his veins” ,who championed different developmental programs for his people. The late King Thulare died on the 6th of January due to Covid-19 related complications.
Delivering his eulogy at the late King’s homestead at Mohlatse,Bapedi Kingdom, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Kgoshikgolo Thulare had in place different develpomental programs death has robbed us of a man who was still young and visionary.
“ Kgoshi Thulare set out to lead his people on a path to economic prosperity. He brought experts together to chart a new economic path for Ga-Sekhukhune, with a strong focus on youth empowerment. He would say, “I am still youthful, I still have the agility”.
“ With minerals and other natural resources abundant in his area, he wanted to work with the mining companies to grow the local economy and stem the tide of youth leaving for the cities.” said the President.
The President said the late King wanted every member of his nation to benefit from all the economic activities and all the opportunities in their area.
“ He set out on this journey at a difficult time. The effects of the pandemic have placed many businesses under stress – including mines in this area – resulting in job losses and hurting local businesses.” Said Ramaphosa.
With minerals and other natural resources abundant in his area, he wanted to work with the mining companies to grow the local economy and stem the tide of youth leaving for the cities.
He wanted every member of his nation to benefit from all the economic activities and all the opportunities in their area.
Ramaphosa went on to say that, “Communities rise on the back of their local resources, on their ingenuity and on their hard work, and so must it be for the Bapedi people.
At the onset of his reign, he declared himself a sworn enemy of corruption, which he knew deprives his people of the resources that are rightfully theirs.”
Ramaphosa said Thulare hailed from a family of chiefs who also stood firm on the aspirations and needs of their own people mainly during the apartheid era.
“ Kgoshi Thulare III hails from an illustrious legion of ancestors, such as Dikgoshi Thulare I, Sekwati I and Sekhukhune I, who fought successive battles in defence of their people in the 19th century. Those who came before him bravely fought against colonialism, the theft of their land and the unjust taxation of their people.”
Ramaphosa added that it is these gallant fighters who inspired successive generations of activists from this area; women and men who dedicated their lives to the struggle for freedom in this country. The passing of Kgosikgolo Thulare III, who was so youthful, so visionary, so promising, so farsighted and so full of life, has therefore shaken our very being.
The cadres established Ga-Sekhukhune as a centre for rural resistance over the course of several decades, and earned it a special place in the annals of the struggle for democracy.
“ In this distinguished cohort, we remember Elias Motsoaledi, John Nkadimeng, Flag Boshielo, Godfrey Pitje and others who mobilised communities in the area against the repressive apartheid policies. The work of these freedom fighters and the influence of Ga-Sekhukhune extended far beyond the boundaries of this area.” Ramaphosa reiterated.