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Anglo-Ndebele war celebrated 130 years on

by Staff reporter
10 Nov 2023 at 06:38hrs | Views
Over the weekend, the epic Anglo-Ndebele war, fought 130 years ago, was commemorated in tribute to the numerous Ndebele men who lost their lives while resisting the seizure of their ancestral land. The event, organized by Umhlahlo Wesizwe SikaMthwakazi, took place at the Gadade Memorial Site, where thousands of Matabele fighters were laid to rest.

Greater Vodloza Sibanda, the deputy chairperson of Umhlahlo Wesizwe SikaMthwakazi, highlighted that this year's commemorations aimed to honor the courage of the Matabele warriors of that time, recognizing their bravery and determination against advanced weaponry. The event also sought to educate the public about the history of the war, a decisive conflict that led to the overthrow of the kingdom. Additionally, the goal was to preserve the Gadade area as a sacred and tourism site.

Sibanda expressed appreciation for the increased attendance this year, with over 4,000 people, including more than seven chiefs from Matabeleland, participating in the ceremony. He emphasized the importance of people, especially business leaders, embracing the event and contributing to its success by providing support with transportation and logistical needs.

Sibanda encouraged everyone in Matabeleland, irrespective of their background, to come together for the development of the historical site. He extended an invitation to descendants of those who participated in the war, urging a collaborative effort for the benefit of the community.

On November 1, 1893, Cecil John Rhodes' Pioneer Column conquered the Ndebele kingdom under King Lobengula. The Ndebele warriors, including regiments such as Imbizo, Ameva, iSiziba, iHlathi, iNsukamini, and Ingubo, faced devastating gunfire from Maxim guns during the conflict.

Source - Southern Eye
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