Fighting berg graffiti

2008-02-18 00:00

It had been raining since dawn in the Mnweni area of the Drakensberg. The horizon was close, the high peaks of the Escarpment obscured by mist and cloud. I was with a group heading for a rock art site to remove charcoal graffiti. As we got higher the mist encircled us. “It can be very dangerous when it gets like this,” said Thenjiwe Hlatshwayo, a local community guide. “You can hear voices in the mist: you hear them and follow but there is nothing.”

Matiwane’s son Zikhali took his people south-west to the Drakensberg, to what is now the amaNgwane Tribal Authority. But the amaNgwane had a score to settle and come the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, “Zikhali’s Horse” was raised to fight on the side of the British. The mounted troop was largely annihilated at the battle of Isandlwana. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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