David Ngwabeni originally a resident at Ngwabeni Location, Victoria East District, [Eastern Province, now Eastern Cape], had his banishment order issued on 19 June 1953.

However, before the order was served, Ngwabeni was tried on a charge of public violence and sentenced by the Supreme Court to three years imprisonment with compulsory labour. 

On his release, he was alleged to have contacted his supporters and started organizing resistance. It was feared that his continued presence would lead to bloodshed and violence. He was banished to Entonjaneni District, Natal [now KwaZulu-Natal] on 15 March 1956.  

His order was withdrawn on 23 August 1967.  


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

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