Singwezi Turning Point

On November 1, 1893, Bangwato mephato under Kgosi Khama III and his brother Raditladi arrived at the Singwezi River near the village of Mangwe, located just across the border in today’s Zimbabwe.

There they rendezvoused with Lt. Colonel Goold-Adams combined force of the British South Africa Company’s [BSACO] “Raaf’s Rangers” and Bechuanaland Border Police [BBP].

Khama had led his men, who consisted of cavalry and infantry armed with Matini-Henry rifles, up from Ramokgwebane upon hearing that an Amandebele force of some 8,000 under Nkosi Lobengula’s senior Induna Gambo Sithole was moving south to challenge the “Southern” (Bechuanaland) column. With the arrival of Khama’s troops, the combined force now consisted of about 450 whites of various nationalities and between 1,700 and 2,000 Bangwato.

Editor's Comment
Gov’t, Balete should bury the hatchet

The acrimony that seemingly characterised the relationship between the Malete Land Board on behalf of the Botswana government and Kgosi Mosadi Seboko and the tribe, should now be water under the bridge as the tribe has finally gotten what it has been fighting for - the land.Kgosi Mosadi has articulated an instance upon which she was allegedly summoned to the State House by the Head of State, Mokgweetsi Masisi where the former claimed she was...

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