This day in history: Xhosa Chief Mgolombane Sandile dies in shoot-out

This day in history: Xhosa Chief Mgolombane Sandile dies in shoot-out

On this day 141 years ago, local British allies killed Xhosa Chief Mgolombane Sandile in a shoot-out in the Denge Forest.

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South Africa has a rich history - one that surpasses the previous regime - and Africans had to fight or far longer to obtain their freedom. Sadly, many lost their lives in the fight. Briefly.co.za took a look at Xhosa Chief Mgolombane Sandile, who died while fighting to free his people from the British.

On 29 May, 1878, Sandile, who was the Chief of the Ngqika, died during a fight with the Fingos. The Fingos were a Xhosa-speaking tribe that suffered at the hands of the Gcaleka Xhosa.

Their oppression under the Xhosas resulted in the Fingos taking up arms with the British under Captain J. Lonsdale.

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This day in history: Xhosa Chief Sandile dies in a shoot-out

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Chief Sandile fought against the British after they took control of his territory, which was renamed to British Kaffraria, following the Seventh Frontier War (1846-47).

His dissatisfaction with the appointment of British commissioners to rule the territory led to the Eighth Frontier War (1850-53), South Africa History Online reported.

The war ended with Sandile being replaced by Charles Brownlee, a white man. However, the Xhosa Chief did not lay down - he took up arms with the Kreli of the Galekas to wage war against the British - a decision which ultimately led to his death.

Sandile was killed in a shoot-out with the Fingos in the Denge Forest. Because of his popularity the time, the chief was given a proper burial at the gravesites of British soldiers A. Dicks and F. Hillier.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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