Braklaagte (Lekubu)

Setswana name Lekubu.  
The founding and growth of Braklaagte has its origins in a succession dispute going back to 1893. The baHurutshe Kgosi (chief) Ikalafeng died in this year, and as his son was still minor, his brother Israel Moiloa took over the governance of the community. When Ikalafeng's son, Pogiso, reached his majority, the South African government, decided to instate him. However, Israel refused to relinquish control, arguing that he had "raised up seed" with Ikalafeng's chief wife, and that the son of this union should assume the headship of the baHurutshe. Israel resisted attempts by the government to depose him and was removed from Moiloa's Reserve. His followers moved onto a farm called Leeuwfontein (Mokgola) , which the chiefdom had purchased in 1876, a development that was not known to the government. The Hurutshe chieftainship attempted to mediate with the breakaway faction, but when this failed, it turned to the state for assistance to evict them  from the farm.  .

Israel's supporters then bought an adjoining farm, Braklaagte, for a sum of £1500 and so the village came into being.

See Map showing Mafikeng, Lichtenburg & Zeerust Districts .
 Israel moved to Leeuwfontein in 1911 and ruled over this portion of the baHurutshe. A long struggle to maintain control of the farm then ensued. Problems arose over raising the funds to pay the property off, and to gain access to the title deed.  His brother Malebalele became the Kgosi at Braklaagte under the authority of Israel. He was followed by George Mosekaphofo Moiloa, but he was in reality an imposter. Monnaamere Moiloa succeded Israel until his death in 1942 when his son, Keobusitse took over. The chieftainship at Lekubu  who with the assistance of the government, managed to get hiself permanantly appointed. Mokgola has struggled to assert its independence from that of the main house at Dinokana. The current kgosi is Pupsey Sebogodi who succeeded his father John Lekolane in 1989.  Between 1988 and 1991 violence engulfed Braklaagte when the governments of Bophuthatswana and South Africa incorporated the village into Bophuthatswana. Braklaagte and Leeuwfontein can be regarded as twin towns today. (See also "Resistance in Braklaagte).     


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