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Silas Thelensho Molema and Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje Papers Com objeto digital
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Barrett, E.

Marumoloa, Stephen.

Mbelle, I Bud.

Mbelle, Richard G.

Minchin, Spencer.

Molema, Sebopioa J.

Molema, Silas.

Mothuba, George.

Nicholson, C H.

Tawana, Tau R.


Papers relating to the death of his regent Lekoko in July 1915 and John's appointment by the tribe as successor; the government's opposition to the appointment in view of the unsatisfactory reports about him; the appointment of Joshua Molema for two years as acting chief; John's appointment in 1917 February as acting chief; his rule of persecution and looting especially the harm done to the Rapulana Barolong at Rietfontein; the petition sent by the Tshidi Barolong re the chieftainship in 1920; his demotion and commitment to a mental home in Pretoria in 1920 July ; his discharge in 1922.


Correspondence with:

Gaboutloeloe, Theo.

Makgobi, Ketlareng Molema.

Molema, Joshua.

Molema, Silas.


Criticism of conditions and education for natives at Zonnebloem College in 1904; studies in the United States of America at Wilberforce University 1904-1910; tribal affairs, in particular the appointment of Joshua Molemanin November 1915 as acting chief for two years and subsequent friction between him and John Montsioa; Sebopica's service in the Bechuanaland Protectorate as Court Interpreter 1915-1918; death of Joshua Molema in August? 1918 and Sebopica's inheritance; epidemic among the tribes in the Bechuanaland Protectorate in 1918; the preparations of the SANNC delegation to England in 1919; application for exemption from Native Law in Natal 1922; registration as a voter; work at Afrikander Mine near Klerksdorp.


The establishment of the Fund; list of money collected among miners at the Nourse mine, Transvaal; application to draw money from the Fund to provide the delegation sent to Europe in 1919 with cash: accounts of the Fund 1917-1926.

Legal affairs

Papers relating to the liquidation of the estates of Badirile Montsioa and John Bakolopang Montsioa. Silas Molema appointed an executor dative. Estate includes the farms Devondale and Hartbeestlaagte.


Receipts from tradesmen, attorneys and the educational institutions of Emgwali Training School, Healdtown Training Institution, Lovedale Missionary Institution and the Transkeian Territories General Council School of Agriculture, Tsolo.



Minchin and Kelly, attorneys.

Montsioa, Paul.

Nicholson, C H.

Rosenberg, W A.


Fencing of the boundary of the Molopo Native Reserve and the adjoining white farms; claims against the estate of the late John Bakolopang Montsioa; unsigned copy of a petition 1926 March 31, requesting the right of the tribe to dispose of their mineral rights and objecting to independent mining companies pegging out claims on the assumption that the land belongs to the Crown; Paul Montsioa while acting chief seeking the wife of one of the members of the tribe who has run away to the Lichtenburg Diggings; account.

Tribal affairs


Frost, H J.

May, B.

Montsioa, Chief Lekoko.

Montsioa, Chief Lotlamoreng.

Nicholson, C H.

Seme, P Ka I.

Wessels, Daniel Hendrik Willem.


Correspondence addressed to Silas Molema in his capacity as tribal chief as well as secretary to the Paramount Chief of the Barolong. The correspondence is chiefly with government officials dealing with all aspects of administration, taxation, losses of cattle during the South African War, visit of Joseph Chamberlain in 1903, meetings between chiefs and government officials, water supply in Stadt, orders to protect land, prevention of the spread of diseases to livesteck, report of deaths among natives caused by epidemics and the tracing of missing tribal members. Also includes tribal debts due to law suits and Chief John Montsioa's debts and lunacy. There are papers concerning Daniel Hendrik Willem Wessels, representative for Bechuanaland in the House of Assembly, about political matters and election campaigning during World War I.

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