Johannesburg – Former Bophuthatswana leader Lucas Manyane Mangope has died, the state broadcaster SABC announced the death on Thursday night but details pertaining to his death are still unconfirmed.
Lucas Manyane Mangope was the president of Bophuthatswana, one of the apartheid-era homelands or Bantustans to which black South Africans were confined. He was also the former leader of United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), a party he also founded.
Lucas Manyane Mangope formed and lead the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), after he was ousted from his post as head of former Bophuthatswana, one of many independent black homelands which only apartheid South Africa recognised, in 1994. The homeland now forms part of the North West.
In 1988 he was reinstated by the apartheid government, following a failed coup led by Rocky Malebane-Metsing, leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
In 1993, ahead of the first democratic elections a year later, Mangope insisted Bophuthatswana would remain independent of the new and integrated South Africa and that he would not allow the elections to take place in “his country”. He was removed from office by Foreign Minister Pik Botha and Transitional Executive Council (TEC) member Mac Maharaj in March 1994.
Some Twitter user remember Mangope and passes their condolences to his family and friends
The sad news is that His Excellency has left this world earlier today. May his soul rest in peace indeed.
No-one lives forever, but a man’s legacy can
Tautona’s legacy will stay on for generations
— Re Rata Tautona Lucas Mangope wa Bophuthatswana (@re_rata_Mangope) January 18, 2018
@JusticeMoseneke with the passing of Lucas Mangope I just remembered what you wrote in your book about your encounter with him pre 1994 elections.
— Sazman (@Gysus11) January 18, 2018
Oh no, may Rre Lucas Manyane Mangope’s soul RIP https://t.co/i2iHUQiOSd
— Cleo (@cleo_kekg) January 18, 2018
— G.O.A.T. (@ranaperefilwe1) January 18, 2018
While others could not hold their thoughts regarding the deceased
Deep sympathies to Mr Kwena Mangope & family on the loss of your father. Kgosi LM Mangope did his share to advance the culture & development of his community & made political mistakes that cost him, but at this time ‘ Mohurutshi, tsamaya ka kagiso! ‘. https://t.co/pptTVrypln
— Tim Modise (@TimModise) January 18, 2018
So it’s official, apartheid’s favourite son and tribalist extraordinaire Lucas Manyane Mangope is dead
— Sideman (@_Sideman44) January 18, 2018
Not sure of the legacy of #LucasMangope – former Apartheid regime collaborator, legitimiser of the Bantustan system & leader of UCDP. May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to his family, friends & colleagues.
— Roland Williams 🇿🇦 (@Roland_Williams) January 18, 2018
Lucas Mangope joining Madiba – wondering if Madiba finally forgave him now. RIP #LucasMangope
— Portia Moemedi (@pookiportia) January 18, 2018
Another apartheid leader falls. Good riddance. I wont mourn #LucasMangope.
— Itumeleng Nkoane (@TUMI02GP) January 18, 2018
— #MediThreads (@Ari_Gold99) January 18, 2018