Saturday, 9 January 2021

Letter of condolence on the death of King Thulare III of the Bapedi

Dear Nape

I write on behalf of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and my family, le Ditlou ka moka, to convey our condolences to the Royal family on the death of His Majesty King Thulare III. I recently sent him a Christmas message, to which he warmly replied, “Thobela, Thobela Archbishop, Merry Christmas, hope you are well. Kea leboga.”

As you know, the King valued our relationship and had hoped that I would play a part in his coronation to cement a long-lasting working relationship. I will miss seeing him annually at the Motsepe Foundation meetings and of course I will treasure the memorable dinner at the Pretoria Diocesan event. We are sorry and pained at this time of grieving. Even at his young age of 40, he did so much for the monarchy and Bapedi, for which we are grateful. I pray that his death will build the family and not divide it, leaving a legacy of a united Bapedi Kingdom after years of contestations.

We have entered a trying second wave of Covid-19 - please ask Dikgomo as a tribute to King Thulare III to be safe, to join in keeping hope alive and finally to defeat this cruel virus whilst we await the vaccines. As Christians, we know that the King is still with us. We know that King Thulare III is with his Maker, who is God of the living and the dead. We know that his Majesty is now reunited with the royal ancestors who have fought bravely for us to be where we are today. May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory. May his young family be comforted and consoled even in their bereavement.

Sebata Kgomo!!!

Arch Thabo Makgoba

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