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The Wedding guest, Kentani Transkei, Wild Coast, South Africa

By Zilba
The proud people of Kentani, celebrate their traditions

Gcuwa/Butterworth is the oldest town in the Transkei, built quite near to the place where the great chief Hintsa had his palace. It was founded by Methodist missionaries in 1827. The Xhosa name is Gcuwa after the river running through it, but the English name is from the then- treasurer of the Wesleyan Mission Society, Reverend Butterworth. At the end of the Frontier Wars ¬– during which the town had been burnt down three times - traders began to settle here. During the days of 'independence' it was earmarked as a site for industrial development but most of these ambitious projects have now been abandoned.

Known sometimes as Centane, this tiny centre only has a population of a few hundred people, but a huge history. It was the site of the final battle of the Frontier Wars between Xhosa and British settler in 1878.

The battle itself was as tragic as any in South Africa¬’s many wars. 5 000 Xhosa warriors had been told by their witchdoctor Xito that he had made them impervious to bullets. Therefore they stormed a fort manned by less than a thousand colonial troops and were mown down by heavy fire. Three thousand warriors died, with a loss of only two of the English forces.

The Xhosa strength was spent, the chiefs surrendered and the area became the nucleus of the present Transkei.

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2021 6:05PM
Excellent portrait...
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
Zilba 11 4 South Africa
6 Apr 2021 6:07PM
thanks Chninga

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