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Masindi loses court battle

News in brief - Date: 15 December 2016

Written by: Isabel VenterĀ / Viewed: 5487


The case in which Masindi Clementine Mphephu contests the kingship of the Vhavenda, was dismissed in the Thohoyandou High Court this past week.

Mphephu previously challenged President Jacob Zuma’s decision to recognise her uncle, Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, as king. Ramabulana would have been crowned earlier this year, but Masindi secured a high court interdict preventing the coronation from going ahead.

In court papers Masindi's defence counsel argued that the traditional council’s approach was unconstitutional. She believes she’s the rightful heir and that she was being sidelined because she is a woman.

Judge President Ephraim Makgoba said on Tuesday that he will provide reasons for his dismissal of Masindi’s case next year.

Make sure to get your copy of the Limpopo Mirror next week to read an in-depth report on the case.

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Isabel Venter

Isabel joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in 2009 as a reporter. She holds a BA Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of South Africa. Her beat is mainly crime and court reporting.


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