16 June 2019


Kgosi Shongoane is laid to rest in Tweelagte

by: Kabelo Selebogo   date: 06 july 2018

Thousands of mourners bid farewell to Kgosi Simon Phera Shongoane of Batlhalerwa in Tweelagte near Rustenburg last weekend. 

Kgosi Shongoane led his people since 1981 until his death on 22 June after a short illness at the age of 74. He was one of the founding members of the North West House of Traditional Leaders - representing the erstwhile Mankwe Region. He served on the Traditions, Culture and Customs Committee of the House. 

He also served as a public servant for many years before he took over the chieftainship of Batlhalerwa. 

Speaking on behalf of Kgosi’s children, Bonolo Shongoane, described her father as a people’s person who treated everyone with affection. She labelled her father as loving, caring and not judgmental. 

“He went an extra mile not only for his family, but for his community as well,” Bonolo Shongoane said. 

Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (Cata) MEC, Ontlamentse Mochware, lauded Kgosi Shongoane for his impeccable leadership qualities as a traditional leader.

“Since his ascension to the throne in November 1981, Kgosi Shongoane undoubtedly distinguished himself as a dedicated and selfless leader who put the interests of his people above his own,” she said.

Mochware added that Kgosi Shongoane had left his mark and a legacy to which his successor, children and the community could look up to with pride and satisfaction. 

“Kgosi Shongoane was a remarkable person who earned respect through his hard work,” she said. 
Delivering a message of support at the funeral, Chairperson of the North West House of Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Moshe Mabe, said the late Kgosi Shongoane was a great man who served his people with distinction. 

“His death is a huge loss, not only to his family, traditional leaders but also to the entire community,” said Kgosi Mabe. “As traditional leaders, we have lost a man who shared his wisdom and taught us so many things in relation to traditional leadership.”

Kgosi Shongoane is survived by his mother, wife, three children, one grandchild, a brother and four sisters.