Today in history: Dingane orders the killing of Piet Retief's men

By Drum Digital
06 February 2015

Following the signing of Dingane and Retief's treaty, Piet Retief and his party were treated to a farewell dance by the Zulu impis at Ungungundlovu.

 6 February, 1838

They were told to leave their firearms outside the royal kraal.

Suddenly, when the dancing had reached a frenzied climax, King Dingane leapt to his feet and shouted Bambani aba thakathi! (Catch the wizards!). The men were totally overpowered and dragged away to a hill called kwaMatiwane, named after a chief who had been killed there.


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