Posted by jonas on July 31, 2012
Wednesday, 9 August 1820

Makana (Makanda, Nxele), a Xhosa chief/witchdoctor imprisoned on Robben Island by Lord Charles Somerset, overpowers a guard but is drowned when he tries to swim to freedom. The date is given as 25 December 1819 in 2 other sources.

• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
•  Kruger, D.W. (ed)(1972). Dictionary of South African Biography, Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council, v. 1, p. 596