Molotlegi has served as King since 2000, when he succeeded his brother, Kgosi Mollwane Molotlegi. Molotlegi's official coronation was not held until 16 August 2003. 3,000 Bafokeng people attended the coronation, which was held at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng, South Africa.
Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi has five siblings, two sisters and three brothers. The King is a former member of the board of Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), and now sits in the newly established Royal Bafokeng Resources (RBR) as a non-Executive Director. RBR is a wholly owned Bafokeng company. Kgosi is also the President of the Mineral Rights Association of Indigenous People of South Africa and was one of the principal negotiators in the new mining legislation, which seeks to encourage significant black participation. He is an alumnus of Hilton College in Natal, South Africa. He holds a university degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Natal University. He is a keen sportsman and was awarded a Victor Ludorum Gold Medallion at Hilton. He is a fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot and has been appointed as an Honorary Colonel in the South African Air Force.
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