Mack Kgwete

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2 August 1971

NAD (Native Affairs Department) officials alleged that the brothers, Mack Kgwete and Willie Nica Kgwete, from Sekhukhuneland, Lydenburg District, [Northern Transvaal, now Limpopo Province] were embroiled in succession disputes in Sekhukhuneland, with Willie Nica Kgweteclaiming the chieftainship when Maukeng Kgwete died.

There were claims of illegal meetings and threats to kill the chief.  Despite fines and imprisonment, it was feared that upon their release in late 1962 (Mack) and 1963 (Willie), the brothers would harm the chief  so their banishment was requested.

Mack Kgwete was banished to the Hinton Park Native Trust Farm, Victoria East District [Eastern Province, now Eastern Cape] on 2 November 1962.

There is no proof of a withdrawal of the order.   

• Contribution by Professor S. Badat, Rhodes University, 2012.  From the book, Forgotten People - Political Banishment under Apartheid by Professor S. Badat

Last updated : 15-Jan-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 14-Jan-2013