Director: Moagi Modise
Written By: Moagi Modise
Choreographer: Bisi Bangiwe
Music Composed By: Mbuyiselo Xesi
Featured Artists: Danny Jasson;Tshallo Tshokwe,Kagiso Shuping ,and cast
Company: Galeshewe Theatre Organisation
Over the period 1896 – 1897, this battle pitted the BaTlhaping and their Traditional Leaders against the British Colonial Government in an attempt to protect land, dignity and nationhood. Ending tragically after many months of sustained warfare in and around the Langeberg Mountain Range of the Northern Cape, the elderly as well as the women and children of the BaTlhaping were placed under arrest in a ‘Native Labour Reserve’ in and around a village today known as GaMopedi, close to Kuruman; while many of the men and young boys were taken as prisoners of war and servants of the Crown to work on farms and cities in what is today known as the Western Cape Province.
The Traditional Leaders who led the BaTlhaping were also dealt with severely. Following the capture of Kgosi Luka Jantjie, he was beheaded by British soldiers, with the whereabouts of his skull still not being known to this day and continuing to be the cause of spiritual and psychological harm on this family and nation.
Kgosi Toto and Kgosi Galeshewe were imprisoned in Cape Town and on Robben Island, with Kgosi Toto being imprisoned for 8 years, and Kgosi Galeshewe being imprisoned for 12 years. Upon their release, they too were placed under ‘house arrest’ back in the Kimberley and Kuruman areas, with their powers of rule curtailed by the Colonial Government.
In and across the communities of the Northern Cape, knowledge about much of this history is dying out, or has been suppressed or wilfully forgotten given the unresolved psycho-social pain and trauma it has caused the BaTlhaping.
And yet, the ghosts of this history continue to impact on and affect communities of the Northern Cape- from the break- up of the family unit in terms of migratory labour, to the violence and poverty which plays out in and amongst many of these communities.
Danny Jasson Tshallo Chokwe and Kagisho Shuping