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April 19, 2022

The Murder of Hintsa


Chief Hintsa of the Gcaleka Xhosa, c.1800s © Africa Media Online/Mary Evans Picture Library.
Chief Hintsa of the Gcaleka Xhosa, c.1800s © Africa Media Online/Mary Evans Picture Library.

There are many inconsistencies in the stories surrounding the murder of the Xhosa chief Hintsa, executed by British forces in the Cape Colony in 1835. What is incontrovertible is that Hintsa was killed while in a state of duress under Colonel Henry ‘Harry’ Smith’s command and that his body was mutilated by ‘civilised’ Englishmen. It seems that the parts of his body that were cut off were subsequently sold as ‘trophies’ on the streets of the settler hamlet Grahamstown, now Makhanda.

Katie Holyoak April 19, 2022 at 02:09PM

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