February 1, 2014
The land of amaTshatshu is once more under threat of being usurped and thus leaving the clan destitute and landless. While the African National Congress has ” the land belongs to all who live in it” as policy, amaTshatshu have yet to regain the land that their forefathers died for. The current government has hardly developed the legislation to return the land to its rightful owners. In the meantime another spectre has entered the fray, the EFF talks of land redistribution. What this means is that Malema’s government, if they went into power, will take the Tshathsu land and distribute to anyone who they please.
The land belongs to amaTshatshu and cannot be distributed to all and sundry and it also cannot belong to all who live on it! This is something amaTshatshu fought and died for over the years!
February 1, 2014
The premier of the Eastern Cape announced on 10th October 2013 that the chieftaincy of Zweledinga in the Hewu District should rightfully belong to amaTshatshu. The clan, under the leadership of Chief Mncedisi Gungubele decided to appoint Sabelo Katsi a the Senior Chief in this position.
March 15, 2010
The position of the current Tshatshu Chief, Mncedisi Gungubele, Aa! Jongulundi!, is debated from time to time among his people and, indeed, among the broader Thembu’s. This stems from the assertion that his great great great grand father, Bawana and later his son, Maphasa were not mere chiefs in the Hewu and Queenstown districts but had gone out there to establish a kingdom.
The truth is that as the right hand house of Dlomo, Mawose could not expect to be king of abaThembu as the undisputed senior son was Mhala. However, the right hand house had the opportunity to leave the royal house and establish themselves in virgin land,and Bawana did exactly that, he left Mgwali and trekked to the east and estabished himself as a ruler. His ruled in turbulent times and although smaller clans like amaNdungwane and amaMfene readily submitted themselves to him, he had endless battles with amaGcina who he fought on numerous occasions.
The might of amaTshatshu was ehtrenched by Bawana’s son, Maphasa, a valiant young warrior who earned respect as far east as Ngungcuka’s roual homestead. He ruled from Jamestownto the north, down to Seymour in the south and from the Klaas Smit River in the west to the Indwe River in the east. The amaGcina problem was squashed once and for all and despite Galela’s pleadings to Ngubengcuka, Maphasa remained entrenched as ruler of the west. While Rhaxoti, Gecelo, Stokhwe and others are referred to as petit chief in literature, Maphasa and Bawana have always maintained their status as rulers in the west.
The question then becomes whether Bawana and Maphasa established themselves as king in western thembuland or not. If the answer is to the affirmative, then Jongulundi should be King of amaTshatshu.
December 27, 2009
The amaTshatshu clan is named after a valiant Thembu warrior called Tshatshu who lived during the reigns of both Kings Ngubengcuka and his father Ndaba. They derive from the right hand house of Dlomo, son of Nxeko. Dlomo begot Mawose, and he in turn gave birth to Tukwa, father of Xhoba, father of Tshatshu, father of Bawana, father of Maphasa, father of Gungubele, father of Gcuwa, father of Sobantu, who is father of the current chief of amaTshatshu, Mncedisi, Aa! Jongulundi!
September 16, 2008
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