Iziduko zamaHlubi [Clans under Hlubi Nation]
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 10:23:51 PM
1. Bhele *
49. Rhadebe have the following subclans:
(k) Sondezi (Sotetsi in Lesotho)
55. Xaba *
** These are the people who joined the Hlubi kingdom, some had their own kingdoms (chieftaincies). Others joined through marriage, while others joined thought being conquered in tribal wars/conflicts and others came to seek protection as they were fleeing from other nations. It was quite common in the early days of African history that weaker ethnic groups would seek protection from the stronger nation/group, or sections of a nation (during internal feuds) would break away and join another.
Sometimes the stronger group would in pursuit of wealth attack a weaker/smaller group/clan. Another common practice was when a princess came to marry a king; members of her people, who would often never return home, would accompany her. In all these instances, the incorporated people would pay respect and show allegiance to the supreme ruler. As the amaHlubi were the largest and stronger in their earlier days, there are a few examples of the groups and clans that had a different origin but joined amaHlubi to create this super nation:
1. Mdakana, Mlambo and Gumbi – broke away from amaNgwane, so did Khweswa & Mnguni from the Mchunus (abenguni) and Nkwali (Mkhwanazi from Ndwandwe).
2.Maduna (Matona) of Sotho origin were
incorporated on arrival in Hlubiland, so did Nkomo and amaZengele (Thiyani).
3. Tshabalala and Msimang of Swazi origin came through marriage, so are the Xaba who are of Mtetwa origin.
4. Other sub clans include: AmaBongwe, Dontsa, Ndaba, Hlatswayo, Khumalo, Mabaso, Mayaba, Nkala etc. Other groups can be traced from the ancient amaHlubi Kings. For example:
5. AmaBhele are either formed from the Hlubi king called Bhele or according to Soga (page 424), they are from King Mhuhu’s son called Bhele, brother to King Mhlanga.
6. While the amaZizi, are derived from King Dlamini of the amaHlubi, who is 14th on the Genealogical table above. Hence the salutation of the amaZizi which is Dlamini! (see Soga page 425)
7. Sikosana is derived from Musi (Msi), son of King Mhlanga (Ncwana page 10 and HM Ndawo page 18). These are but a few examples of how the amaHlubi built this nation.