Plaatje focuses not on the Zulu "imperial" nation but on the [Barolong] people, victims of Ndebele
imperialism who resisted by allying with the Boers.
It is encouraging to see a great Pan-Africanist like Robert Mugabe being able to work with his erstwhile adversaries to build a better Zimbabwe," says Ndebele
Such a development has the potential to produce not only a shift of critical perspective on established writers like Coetzee, Zakes Mda and Njabulo S Ndebele
, but also a HAS space for attention to the work of several new writers on the contemporary scene.
Zimbabwean transistions; essays on Zimbabwean literature in English, Ndebele
In 1834, it became the homeland of the Ndebele
people, displaced by the Zulus under the command of Shaka.
Independent observers believe it is because he is afraid that once he relinquishes his presidency, he will be charged for civil and economic crimes - and even the ethnic cleansing of some 20,000 members of the Ndebele
tribe - perpetrated during his long years of ruling the country.
I met with local artisans, met art teachers and spoke with Zulu tribemembers, as well as the Ndebele
, to discuss their culture and art with them.
and Gobodo-Madikizela employ narrative techniques that expose and exploit faultlines in the popular representations of these figures.
was stabbed and bled to death in an attack in the centre of Hatfield in January 2004.
Ncube's opposition began some 15 years ago when he was involved with rescuing ethnic Ndebele
villagers from massacre at the hands of Mugabe's notorious army unit, the Fifth Brigade.
The British, in particular, had a fondness for 'warrior tribes' in Africa, the Hausa of Nigeria, the Masai of Kenya, the Ndebele
of then Southern Rhodesia and so on, just as they had for the 'martial' Gurkhas and Sikhs on the Indian sub-continent.
and internationally for its African Writers Series, recently launched the Mamela Afrika Series, contemporary African literature including writers in one of South Africa's nine indigenous languages--Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Ndebele
, Pedi, Swazi, Tsonga, Venda and Tswana.