A weekend of violence between isiZulu- and seSotho-speaking residents in a Howick informal settlement escalated into a full-blown war on Sunday night, as dozens of houses and shacks were razed to the ground by arsonists in revenge attacks.There goes my theory. Consider the Balkans, look at Rwanda and Burundi. When are those little, green men coming? I'm tempted to loosely quote Quincy Jones, as I often do, who in turn quoted Marlon Brando as having said something like, "If we all had the same religion, the same colour, the same nationality and the same culture, the right-handed ones would start killing the left-handed ones." One can almost understand killings explained away through religion, or land-grabbing, or even race. But, language? Culture? What are those people in Howick, Kwazulu, fighting about? Is it a carry-over from the Lifaqane?
At least seven isiZulu-speaking residents were admitted to hospital on Saturday. Five of them were treated and discharged by Sunday after suffering serious injuries inflicted with sticks and sharp objects. [ Source... ]
Mfecane (isiZulu), also known as the Difaqane or Lifaqane (Sesotho), is an African expression used about chaos and disturbances. It probably means something like "the Crushing", and originates from the events leading to the rise to power of chief Shaka. This Zulu chief conquered the Nguni peoples between the Tugela and Pongola rivers in the beginning of the 19th century, and created a militaristic kingdom. [ Source... ]