The banishment of Alfred Mamagale Tebeila, Mamogase Sebei, Mashilo Tseke Nchabeleng, and Kgalabotwane Tseke from Sekhukhuneland, Lydenburg District, Transvaal [Limpopo Province]  was motivated on the grounds that they were ‘weerbarstiges’ (rebels) who were opposed to BA [Bantu Administration], and interfering in the ‘smooth running of tribal affairs.’  It was noted that the chief transferred them to the authority of another chief but that they refused to move; the chief then burned down some of their huts in order to ‘help them move.’ The act of burning down a hut was justified as 'tribal practice.'  A High Court interdict was obtained against the chief. 

Tebeila was banished to Ardath Farm No.  Ku.C.O. 5-33, Kuruman District, [Northern] Cape, [now North West Province] on 16 June 1965. 

According to a Human Rights Welfare Committee Minute dated 31 Oct 1969, Alfred Mamagale Tebeila was allowed to go home.

All the banishment orders were withdrawn in 1973.


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

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