Babalekile Anderson Gigaba

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Babalekile Anderson Gigaba, from Nqabeni, Alfred District, Natal [now KwaZulu-Natal] was one of four people to put forward a claim to be appointed as a chief.  A local ethnologist recommended EG Mavundla, who was appointed Chief.

Gigaba allegedly took exception to the appointment and did everything “in his power to undermine” Mavundla’s authority.  Unrest and confusion reportedly ensued.  Gigaba was, at that time, out on bail on a charge of conspiring to commit murder. 

• Contribution by Professor S. Badat on Banishment, Rhodes University, 2012.  From the book, Forgotten People - Political Banishment under Apartheid by Professor S. Badat

Last updated : 14-Jan-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 14-Jan-2013