Amagugu Publishers, 2017
This book is rendition of the history of the Ndebele institution of chiefs, in the heyday of the
Ndebele state, during the colonial period and in the post-independence period. Emphasis is
given to the succession rules and the worldview and cosmological underpinnings that gave
rise to the succession rules and procedures.
Chiefs are part of the traditional leadership which has survived into the present, albeit with
modifications in line with the changing broader political climate. Within the context of a
bifurcated state, the hereditary institution coexists with the modern democratic and elective