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Regions with significant populations
Eastern Cape ( South Africa)
Christianity, African Traditional Religion
Related ethnic groups
Xhosa, Swati, Zulu other Bantu peoples

The Bhaca people or amaBhaca are an ethnic group in South Africa.

Geneology of Wushe and Zelemu who merged to form AmaBhaca

Conflict with the Afrikaners and the British

In about 1837 Boers arrived in Natal with herds of cattle. Between 1837/39/40, the Boers fought the Bhacas who teamed up with the Bushmen to raid the herds.

In about February 1838 the Boers settled in the upland of Natal and began to create the Republic of Natalia. After their victories over Dingane, they extended northward to uMfolozi and St. Lucia Bay.[1] The Boers created arrangements with other kings and therefore did not consider them as enemies. For example, they considered King Faku to be a friendly king and rated Ncapayi as having a powerful military and as a threat.

When the Boers came back, they attacked the Bhacas[2] and raided 700 and 50 horses.[3] This is said to have provided the spark for the British intervention in the Bhaca land (which had become part of Natal). An area near Maclear is called Ncapayi land (Kapayi land - because they could not pronounce "Nca").

See also


  1. ^ Blue Book on Native Affairs, 1885
  2. ^ Bryant, p. 400.
  3. ^ Nchanga 119.


  • Soga, Tiyo (1878). A page of South African Mission Work.

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