Foko Mbata

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Banished person.

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Foko Mbata’s banishment documentation claimed that he led the Mbata clan and that they had attacked and killed people in the Hlazakazi area [Natal, now KwaZulu-Natal].  It went on to claim that the violence had caused the Ngobese clan move away from area.  It was also alleged that the Mbata clan wished the chief to resign so that Foko Mbata could take up his place, since they had conquered the area, and that no arrests could be made, as everyone was afraid of Mbata and refused to give testimony.

He was banished from Nqutu District, [Natal, now KwaZulu-Natal] to the Boltman Native Trust Farm, Sibasa District, [Northern] Transvaal [now Tshivhase, Limpopo Province] on 21 August 1963.

Foko Mbata’s order was revoked in 1973.

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

Last updated : 22-Nov-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 21-Nov-2012