There seems to be serious confusion among amaTshatshu youth regarding the clan names that are associated with them. AmaTshatshu angamaTshatshu ngoba kumnombo wawo kukho umntu okuthiwa nguTshatshu. You cannot be “Tshawe”, for want of a good example, because there’s no Tshawe in your lineage. But, of necessity, if you are umTshatshu, you are umDlomo because u Dlomo uzala uMawose kwindlu esekunene, uMawose azale u Tukwa, uTukwa azaleas u Xhoba, u Xhoba azale UTshatshu, then UTshatshu azale uBawana, uBawana azale uMaphasa, u Maphasa azale Somana. NdingumDlomo ngalondlela mna.
2 November 2014 – Meeting of Tshatshu Royal Family at Gwatyu Great Place.
14 November 2014 – Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims public hearing on the claim to unseat Chief Dumelsuthu Gungubele by one Zuma Pokwana, a Zizi Mfengu. The hearing will take place at the Engcobo Town Hall, Engcobo, at 10h00.
1 January 2015 – Annual meeting of amaTshatshu at the Gwatyu Great Place. All are invited.
Zwide (circa 1237)
Tshatshu (1730 – 1819)
Bawana (1775 – 1829)
Maphasa (1800 – 1852)
Gungubele (1841 – 1925)
One Pokwana, of the Zizi clan has applied to the Commission for Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims to unseat Chief Dumelsuthu Gungubele from his position as chief of Chaba. All amaTshatshu are invited to attend the hearing which will be held at Engcobo Town Hall 14th November 2014. There is no substance to this claim and amaTshatshu should not lose any sleep over it. Like Bantubonke Nduna, Pokwana will be humiliated. Please come and support.
Despite the 10th October 2013 award of the chieftains hip of Zweledinga to Sabelo Katsi the hand-over is yet to be realised, this after one full year. The Ngxongo chief, Siviwe Hebe, is still ensconced in the seat and shows no sign or intention to leave the position.
Sabelo Katsi was awarded the chieftains hip by Premier Kiewiet after a marathon battle with various government dispensations in the Eastern Cape. A Ngxongo were appointed by former Ciskei ruler Lennox Sebe in 1983. Various commissions and court rulings had found that Hebe was fraudulently awarded the the chieftains hip by Sea who was his brother in law. The Mndende Commission recommended to Kiewiet to uphold Katsi’s claim to the chieftainship primarily on the basis that the land originally belonged to the Tshatshu chief, Bawana and that Katsi was a descendant of Bawana.
It would seem that Hebe has taken the matter to court on review but the Katsi group at Zweledinga does not divulge the matter to the rest of the Tshatshu clan and what progress is being made. This leaves room for speculation as to what the matter of dispute is. The most likely dispute raised by Hebe could be that Sabelo Katsi is not borne of neither the Tshatshu senior house nor the Vezi senior house. The original Katsi is of the fifth house, ixhiba, of Vezi, who was the son of Cungwa, the right-hand house of Tshatshu. It would also seem that Sabelo Katsi and those around him are incapable of dislodging Hebe from the position and this is in fact the fourth time that Katsi is officially awarded the chieftainship but cannot dislodge Hebe.
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!