A kingdom from Limpopo is claiming ownership of land that stretches from Sekhukhune to the Vaal River in Gauteng.

The Bapedi ba Sekhukhune community lodged the claim with the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes & Claims earlier this month and want to be recognised as the initial settlers of significant parts of Gauteng.

The Sunday Times reports it argues that parts of Gauteng were ruled by their paramount king Sekhukhune in the 1800s, and are now laying claim to their land.

It wants the government to recognise the community as traditional rulers of most of Midrand, south Johannesburg, the Vaal, and some parts of Pretoria and Ekurhuleni.

In documents submitted to the commission, the Bapedi nation argue that King Sekhukhune ‘once controlled the Transvaal (Lekwebepe), including Gauteng’.

A report into the application will be handed to Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi for a decision.

Full Sunday Times report