Ba abo, Kebalepile-thata-ka-ba-gana-go-utlwa.
Tseo, ke namane tsa tholo ga di ke di lela.
Ka sa tsona di ja mokgoro di o robala.
Batho ba ga Goma, ba ga Gogomela.
Ba ga Morara-a-Nato, Barolong.
|LE GAE||Ditiragalo||Merafe||Dikgosi||Setso le Ngwao||Thuta Puo||Bakwadi|
|Nna le Wena||Tsa Pholo||Dipotso||Ditebogo||Tse dingwe||Tsa Puso||Bagwebi|
Merafe le dikgosi tsa maloba
| Batlhaping | Batawana | Batlokwa | Bangwato | Batlhako | Batlhware | Baphuting |
| Barokologadi | Baphiri | Bataung | Bakubung | Baphalane | Batsatsing | Batlharo |
PRESENT RULER: Kgosikgolo LOTLAAMORENG II [Lotlaamoreng Montshioa] 2001/-,|
educated at the University of North West, graduating in Law,
installed 23rd February 2002 at Goodhope, aged 25, sworn in the
House of Chiefs 28th February 2002.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
The eponymous ancestor was Chief Morolong who may have lived
in the 15th century. He was possibly succeeded
by Morare, Mabe, Mabudi, Moloto, Mabeo, Modiboa, Tshesebat Setlhare, Masspe,
Mokgopha-a-Masepe, Thibels and Tau (see below).
Split at various times, leaving 4 main sections.
The baRolong booRatshidi are in Botswana, other branches in South Africa.
Kgosikgolo TAU, married (a), Kgamanae Morakile, married (b),
Kabasana Mabule, married (c), Motshwabange Mabule, married (d), Moswaana, and had issue, at least 10 sons. He died ca1760 at Taung.
Kgosikgolo RATLOU (ex Kgamanae) (qv)
Kgosikgolo TSHIDI (ex Kabasana) (qv) (baRolong booRatshidi)
Kgosikgolo MAKGETLA (ex Motshwabange) (qv)
Kgosikgolo SELEKA (ex Moswaana) (baRolong baSeleka)
Kgosikgolo RAPULANA (ex Moswaana) (baRolong baRapulana)
Kgosi Modise (ex Kgamanae)
Kgosi Maleme (ex Motshwabange)
Kgosi Ganakgomo (ex Motshwabange)
Kgosi Masetlha (ex Motshwabange)
Kgosi Ramhitshana (ex Moswaana)
Kgosi RATLOU ca1760/ca1775, married and had issue.
A disagreement between Tau's sons resulted in Ratlou leaving home.
Several of Ratlou's younger brothers planned to kill him for leaving.
However, Tau's third son Makgetla persuaded them to abandon their
plan out of respect for Ratlou as he was their senior brother Ratlou
was therefore reluctantly allowed to leave with his followers.
Soon afterwards Seleka also left home. Later, both Tshidi and Makgetla
(now known as the peacemaker) left home but continued to live at the
same place together with their respective followers - a situation regarded as unusual.
Kgosikgolo SETSHIRO (baRolong baRatlou booSetshiro)
Kgosikgolo MOKALALA (baRolong baRatlou booMariba)
baRolong baRatlou booSetshiro (Senior branch)(at Khunwana):
baRolong baRatlou booMariba (Junior branch):
baRolong baSeleka (at Thaba Nchu): Incorporated into Orange Free State in July 1884.
baRolong baRapulana (at Rietfontein):
Kgosi SEATLHOLO -/2002, Kgosi of the baRolong baRapulana booSeatlholo, married Kgosigadi Anthea (Seatlholo). He died 2002. Kgosigadi Anthea (Seatlholo) 2002/-
baRolong booRatshidi (at Mafikeng):
Kgosikgolo TSHIDI ca1760/ca1775, married (a), Maetswana, married (b), Khukhu, married (c), Khukhwana. He died in a battle with the Dihoja tribe near Mamusa about the year 1775 (6).
Kgosikgolo THUTLWA (ex Maetswana) (qv)
Kgosi Mojankuyana (ex Maetswana)
Kgosi Mokgothu (ex Maetswana)
Kgosi LESHOMO (ex Khukhu) (qv)
Kgosi Mabina (ex Khukhu)
Kgosi Thatane (ex Khukhwana)
Kgosi Mangwegape (ex Khukhwana)
Kgosi THUTLWA ca1775/ca1785, married (a) Morwa Makgetla, (b) Morwanyana Makgetla, (c) Motshidisi Makgetla, (d) Mmu Maetso, (e) Serai, (f) Kefalotse Motlhaku, (g) Masukutswane Nthufa and had issue. He died ca1785.
Kgosi Tau (ex Morwa), died sp young, so, a variation of a 'levirate' was arranged by the tribe between Tawana and his maternal cousin Sebodio, who was a daughter of Phetlhu Makgetla who was the brother of Tawana's mother Morwanyane. This was arranged for the sole purpose of providing a son for the deceased Tau in order, once again, to perpetuate the line of chieftainship. Therefore, although Sebodio was Tawana's third wife she was to be regarded as his principal wife and her children as Tau's children.
Kgosikgolo TAWANA (ex Morwanyana)(qv)
Koto (f) (ex Morwanyana), died 6th August 1832.
Kotonyana (f) (ex Morwanyana), died 6th August 1832.
Kgosi Moshoela (ex Motshidisi), had issue.
Kgosi Mmamorena (ex Motshidisi)
Kgosi Mamlorolo (ex Motshidisi)
Kgosi Masetlha (ex Mmu Maetso)
Kgosi Lekgetho (ex Serai)
Kgosi Legae (ex Kefalotse)
Kgosi Lekone (ex Kefalotse), had issue.
Kgosi Phatudi, died September 1852.
Kgosi Matsheka (ex Masukutswane), living 1818.
Kgosi MAKGETLA 1785/1790 (Acting Chief), had issue. He was killed ca1790 in a battle with the Bahurutshe booManyana.
Morwa (f), married Kgosi THUTLWA (qv).
Morwanyana (f), married Kgosi THUTLWA (qv).
Motshidisi (f), married Kgosi THUTLWA (qv).
Kgosi Phetlhu, married and had issue.
Sebodio (f), married Kgosi TAWANA and had issue. She died 6th August 1832.
Kgosi Mokgweetsi, died 11th June 1890.
Kgosi LESHOMO 1790/1815 (Regent), by 1814, when Tawana was aged 30 and already had several wives, Leshomo refused to hand over the chieftainship to him. A serious dispute developed between the two which split the Ratshidi clan into two factions, the larger faction under Leshomo remained at Gatshebethwane near Disaneng while the smaller faction under Tawana fled further westwards - first to Loporung and Mmakgori beyond Phitsane Molopo, and then north across the Molopo to Tsoaneng and Moshaneng, south west of Kanye in Botswana, married and had issue. He died 1818.
Dikgang (f), married Kgosi TAWANA and had issue. She died 6th August 1832.
Kgosikgolo TAWANA 1815/1849, born ca1775, established his capital at Phitsane in 1815, with the help of Chief Makaba's Bangwaketse, now allies of the Ratshidi, he drove out Leshomo from Gatshebethwane eastwards into Bahurutshe territory where, in 1818, Leshomo was killed, in June 1823, Tawana's Ratshidi were forced to leave Phitsane in order to avoid attack by the Batlokwa and their allies who had just devastated Kaditshwene. The Ratshidi found refuge with the Ratlou clan at Khunwana until, on the 6th August 1832, the town was destroyed and many of its inhabitants killed by Mzilikazi's Ndebele warriors. The survivors under Tawana fled south eastwards to Thaba Nchu. He married 1stly, Dikgang Leshomo, she died 6th August 1832, married 2ndly, Mosela-a-Molekane of the Rapulana clan, she died 6th August 1832, married 3rdly, Sebudio, daughter of Phetlhu (see above), she died 6th August 1832, married (a), Letshane, daughter of Dingoko, she died 6th August 1832, married (b), MmaSefera, daughter of Chief Makaba of the Bangwaketse, married (c), Senaanye Molekane, died 6th August 1832, married (d), Mojanku Marumulwa, married (e), Mojankunyana Marumulwa (married Kgosi Tshosa of the baNgwaketse and Nco Dingoko, by both of whom she had issue), and had issue. He died October 1849 and was buried in Dithakong.
Morwanyana (f) (ex Dikgang)
Motshidisi (f) (ex Dikgang)
MmaMorena (f) (ex Dikgang)
Manca (f) (ex Dikgang)
Kgosi Seetsela (ex Mosela), died 1818.
Kgosi Tlala (ex Mosela), married Nkhabele Palo (married 2ndly, Kgosikgolo MOROKA II) and had issue. He died 1832
Moutlwatsi (f) Kgosi Setlogelo, living 1878.
Kgosikgolo Samuel TSHIPINARE of the baRolong baSeleka.
Kgosi Motshegare (ex Mosela), had issue.
Gaeshele Motshegare (f), married 1870, Kgosikgolo MONTSHIWA (qv), and had issue. She died after October 1896. Kgosi Mokholokholo Motshegare, died August 1881. Kgosi Molema (ex Mosela), born 1817 in Phitsane, married and had issue. He died 21st January 1882.
Kgosi JOSHUA MOLEMA, fl.1917
Kgosi Israel Molema, died March 1896.
Kgosi Tawana Molema, died 31st July 1884.
Kgosi Silas Thelesho Molema, born 1852, secretary and chief advisor to Chief Montshiwa, married Molalanyana Mamhula, and had issue. He died 1929.
Kgosi Dr. Silas Modiri Molema, born February 1891 in Mafikeng, educated at Lovedale Institution (Matriculation), worked as a teacher in Kimberly until 1914 when he moved to Europe, admitted into the Medical School of Glasgow University; elected as National Secretary of the African National Congress in December 1940; served on the African Advisory Council, Joint Advisory Council, and the Constitutional Committee; served as a member of Legislative Council; author of "The Bantu Past and Present: An Ethnographical and Historical Study of the Native Races of South Africa" (1920); "Montshiwa 1815-1896: BaRolong Chief and Patriot" (1966), and "Chief Moroka: His Life, His Country and His People" (1987); he married 1927, Anna Moshoela (sister of Ella Moshoela, wife of Kgosi Tshekedi Khama), and daughter of Rev. M. J. Moshoela, one-time secretary, councillor and friend of the late Chief Montshiwa. He died sp 13th August 1965 in Mafikeng. (3)
Kgosi Phetogane (ex Mosela)
Majang (f) (ex Mosela), married 1839, Kgosikgolo MONTSHIWA, and had issue. She died January 1891.
Kgosikgolo MONTSHIWA (7) (ex Sebudio) (qv)
Kgosi Marumulwa (ex Sebudio), had issue.
Kgosi Lekoko, living 1915, acting chief (see below).
Kgosi Selere (ex Sebudio), married and had issue. He died November 1881.
Kgosi Tiego Tawana, Acting Chief (see below)
Kgosi Seru (ex Sebudio), living 1896.
Kgosi Montshiwane (ex Letshane)
Kgosi Rabodietso (ex MmaSefera)
Kgosi Saane (ex MmaSefera), married Mosadikwena, born 1837, died 1940. He died after 1896.
Keethufile (f) (ex Senaanye)
Kgosikgolo MONTSHIWA 1849/1896, born August 1815 in Tswaneng, married (amongst others) (a) ca1837 at Thaba Nchu, Motshidisi Mokgwetsi, married (b), 1839 at Thaba Nchu, Majang Tawana (see above), married (c) at Thaba Nchu, Tshadinyana, daughter of Kgosikgolo TSHOSA of the baNgwaketse and Mojankunyana Marumulwa (see above), married (d), Onyana Nco (married Kgosi SEGOTSHANE of the baNgwaketse), daughter of Nco Dingoko and Mojankunyana Marumulwa (see above), married (e), 1870, Gaeshele Motshegare, married (f), Gadibusanye, daughter of Kgosi SENTHUFE of the baNgwaketse, married (g), Mosidi Bopalamo, and had issue. He died 19th October 1896 in Mafikeng.(4)(5)
Kgosi Sekgoro, born ca1838, died 1853 in Moshaneng.
Buku (f) (ex Majang), born 1840, married Kgosi TSHIPINARE (qv).
Kgosi Kebalepile (ex Tshadinyana), born 1850, married and had issue. He died May 1891.
Kgosikgolo LOTLAAMORENG (qv)
Kgosi BESELE I (ex Tshadinyana)(qv)
Kgosi Tawana (ex Tshadinyana)
Kgosi Makgetla (ex Onyana)
Kgosi BADIRILE (ex Gaeshele) (qv)
Moledi (f) (ex Gaeshele)
Kgosi Ketshedile (ex Gaeshele)
Kgosi BAKOLOPANG (ex Gaeshele)(qv)
Kgosi Mosarwa (ex Gadibusanye)
Kgosi Taufele (ex Gadibusanye)
Kgosi Sefularo (ex Gadibusanye)
Kgosi Barolong (ex Mosidi)
Kgosi BESELE I 1896/1903, married and had issue. He died 1903.
Kgosi Lewanika Montshiwa
Kgosi BADIRILE 1903/1911, died 1911
Kgosi LEKOKO MARUMULWA 1911/1915
Kgosi JOSHUA MOLEMA 1915/1917
Kgosi BAKOLOPANG 1917/1919, died 1919
Kgosikgolo LOTLAAMORENG I 1919/1954, married and had issue.
Kgosikgolo KEBALEPILE (qv)
Kgosikgolo BESELE II (qv)
Kgosi TIEGO TAWANA 1954/-
Kgosikgolo KEBALEPILE [Kebalepile Montshioa] -/1971, married (amongst others) Kgosigadi Neonyana, and had issue. He died 1971.
[Kgosi Setumo Stephen Montshiwa -/2000, Paramount Chief of the baRolong booRatshidi in South Africa, married and had issue. He died 2nd July 2000 in Victoria Hospital, Mafikeng, aged 45, buried 7th July 2000 in Mmabatho Cemetary.
Kgosi Ratshidi Montshiwa]
Kgosi Jeff Kgotleng Montshiwa 2000/-, installed as Paramount Chief of the baRolong booRatshidi in South Africa, on 25th April 2001, confirmed as rightful heir of the baRaolong booRatshidi by a Mafikeng High Court judgement on 6th February 2003.
Kgosigadi Neonyana 1971/1974 (Regent)
R. Motlhatledi 1977/1982 (Tribal Authority)
Kgosikgolo BESELE II [Besele Montshioa] 1971/1977 and 1982/2001, married and had issue. He died 17th June 2001.
Kgosikgolo LOTLAAMORENG II (qv)
Kgosikgolo LOTLAAMORENG II (see above)
Kealeboga Motshegare, Deputy Chief
1. Dictionary of South African Biography, W.J. de Kock then D.W. Kruger (Eds), Volumes 1 to 5, 1972, vol.II p.494
2. Dictionary of South African Biography, W.J. de Kock then D.W. Kruger (Eds), Volumes 1 to 5, 1972, vol.I p.559
3. New Dictionary of South African Biography, E.J. Vervey (Ed)., HSRC Publishers, Pretoria, 1995, p.175
4. "Montshiwa : Barolong Chief & Patriot (1814-1896)", MOLEMA,S.M. : C.Struik (pty) ltd., Cape Town 1966 5. Dictionary of South African Biography, W.J. de Kock then D.W. Kruger (Eds), Volumes 1 to 5, 1972, vol.II p.485
6. A different version of events "having died without any sons to succeed him, in order to perpetuate this line of chieftainship, a 'levirate' (a compulsory marriage with a childless brother's widow) was arranged by the tribe, Tshidi's brother Makgetia fathered a son, Thutlwa, with Tshidi's widow Maetswane. This son was to be known as Tshidi's son. Likewise, also by Makgetia, Tshidi's third wife Khukhwane had a son Leshomo." Mafikeng Museum 1997
7. The name is also often spelled 'Montshioa' i.e. one who is forced away from home - an exile.'
1885 Incorporated into Cape Colony (Bechuanaland).
.... - .... Rratlou a Tau
Split into baRôlông baRratlou booMariba and baRôlông baRratlou booSeitshiro:
(1) baRôlông baRratlou booMariba
.... - .... Mariba a Rratlou
.... - .... Mokalala a Rratlou
Split into two ruling lines:
.... - .... Moamogwê a Mariba
.... - .... Molalê a Moamogwê (acting)
.... - 1873 Maiketso a Moamogwê (acting to ....)
1873 - .... Bonokwane a Maiketso (acting)
.... - 1925 Marumolwa a Mothibi
1925 - 1938 Lekôkô a Marumolwa
1938 - 1942 Sebalamonokwane a Lekôkô (acting)
1942 - Dintsa a Marumolwa (acting)
.... - 1833 Motshware a Mariba
1833 - 1883 Makgobi a Motshware
1883 - 1909 Makgobi Motsewakhumo a Makgobi
1909 - 1915 Makgobi Motsewakhumo
1915 - 1933 Kgositau a Motsewakhumo (acting to 1923)
1933 - Tshipitôta a Kgositau
(2) baRôlông baRratlou booSeitshiro
.... - .... Seitshiro a Rratlou .... - 10 Jun 1823 Mosweu a Seitshiro (d. 1823)
1823 - 1835 Tsia a Mosweu (acting)
1835 - 1840 Matlhaku a Sekgwê
1840 - 1853 Gontse a Mokôtô (d. 1853)
1853 - 1870 Masisi a Matlhaku
1870 - 1871 Mosêtlhê a Sekgwê
1871 - 1904 Moswêtê a Sekgoro (b. 1821 - d. 1904)
1904 - 1944 Aaron a Moswêtê
1944 - 1949 Oabile Benjamin Moswêtê a Kgosi (acting)
1949 - Gilbert Aaron a Sekgoro Ruben
(3) baRôlông baSeleka
Jul 1884 Incorporated into Orange Free State.
1777 - 1785 Seleka a Tau (b. 1720 - d. 1775)
1785 - 1794 Mpolokang "Koikoi" a Seleka
1794 - 1800 Morôka I a Mpolokang (d. 1800)
1800 - 1805 Mokgosi a Morôka (d. 1805)
1805 - 1829 Sehunêlô a Morôka (acting) (b. 1770 - d. 1829)
1829 - 1830 Setile a Mokgosi
1830 - 8 Apr 1880 Morôka II a Sehunêlô (b. c.1795 - d. 1880)
8 Apr 1880 - 10 Jul 1884 Samuel Tshipinare a Morôka (b. 1827 - d. 1884)
10 Jul 1884 - 1912 Robert Tawana a Tshipinare
1912 - .... Setlogêlô a Tawana
(4) baRôlông baRrapulana
1885 Incorporated into Cape Colony (Bechuanaland).
.... - .... Rrapulana a Tau
.... - .... Modise a Rrapulana (acting)
.... - .... Molêkane a Rrapulana
.... - 1836 Makgwa a Molêkane
1836 - 4 Nov 1879 Matlaba a Makgwa (d. 1879)
1879 - 1887 Swedintle a Matlaba
1887 - 1901 Mokgothu Andries a Matlaba (acting)
1901 - 1909 Montshusi a Matlaba (acting)
1909 - 1936 Israel Makgwa Ramolekane a Swedintle
1936 - 1948 Paul Matlaba Matlaba a Swedintle (acting)
1948 - Solomon Gabriel Swedintle Matlaba a Makgwa
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