Marapo Seopa

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Biographical information

Synopsis:

Banished person

First name: 
Marapo
Last name: 
Seopa

Original residence: Matlala's Location, Pietersburg District, [Northern] Transvaal [now Polokwane, Limpopo Province]

Place of banishment: Tabaans Location (Louis Trichardt [Makhado]), Sibasa District, [Tshivhase], [Northern] Transvaal, [now Limpopo]

Date of banishment: 21July 1953

There is no information on Marapo Seopa. Indeed, it is not clear whether such a person existed.  Louisa Tlou Seopa speculates that:

My mother [Maphuti Seopa] used to refer to her daughter and son who were born and died before the birth of my brother, Boy Seopa, as Marapo, meaning the dead whenever she was asked to name her children. In other words, she used to include her children who had already passed away whenever she was asked about her children. It is probable that my mother mentioned the name Marapo to refer to her dead children when she was asked by the authorities about her children for purposes of issuing out banishment orders at the time.


References:
• Contribution by Professor S. Badat, on Banishment, Rhodes University, 2012

Last updated : 28-Jan-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 28-Jan-2013