Especially interesting in the light of the role that Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi came to play in Bantustan and national politics was the banishment of Mceleli Bongwefile Buthelezi on 1 October 1959.

The latter contested Buthelezi’s appointment as Chief in the courts to no avail. The dispute over chieftainship and Mceleli Buthelezi’s campaigning against Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s confirmation as chief created a “serious rift” in the Buthelezi community.


• 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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