Date(s) - 29/05/2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
LAND OF NONESI is a one act play based on the life of a woman who lived in the 19th century in Thembuland. She was the daughter of the great King of AmaMpondo, Faku and she married the King of AbaThembu, Ngubengcuka or Vusani. She was the great wife and was supposed to be the bearer of the heir who would take the reigns and become king, unfortunately she never had any children. She instead became foster mother to the substitute heir, born of another junior wife to the King, Mtirara. A British representative in Thembuland called C. J. Warner, in a scheme to have a ruler he could easily control decided to recommend Nonesi to be a regent when Mtirara died in 1848. In later years, just before Ngangelizwe, Mtirara’s heir became ready to take power – Warner cooked up a migration scheme as some white farmers needed the land around Indwe River. He tried to persuade Nonesi to move the Thembu people from that land so it could be allocated to the white farmers. Nonesi refused. That got her in trouble with Warner and the authorities. She was then, as punishment taken to Robben Island first and later banished to Mpondoland. The idea was to send her to her brother Ndamase, but she never reached there. The mounted riflemen who escorted her were first afraid of Thembu resistence and stole her in the middle of the night, and again were afraid of Mpondo retaliation and they dumped her somewhere no one knows, but never handed her to Ndamase.
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