Mpopndo people in traditional dress

“The pride of the Mpondo people in their customs and traditions is legend.” Ben Turok

“Unlike most of the other African peoples of South Africa, the Pondos were not involved in the numerous wars between white and black – they were never defeated in battle. Pondoland was annexed by the Cape Colony in 1894 but has always been an African territory with European influence limited to a few thousand missionaries, traders and civil servants.”

Ben Turok was an anti-apartheid activist and  ANC Member of Parliament.

Historian Ben Turok on The Pondo Revolt

Mpondo woman drumming

Have you watched the award-winning film Shorebreak about Xolobeni?