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KwaMatiwane - execution hill
uLundi district, KwaZulu-Natal



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28°26'09.23" S 31°16'03.35" E Alt: 754m

KwaMatiwane (execution hill) is the ridge northeast of uMgungundlovu. It is named after the chief Matiwane. In 1829 Dingane had him and all his followers executed, as they had gone against his rule. Years later, this was the place where Dingane directed the killing on 6 February 1838 of the Voortrekker Piet RETIEF and his party. The British missionary and his staff had warned Retief that he was in danger from Dingane, but the chief had won the trekkers' trust and they did not listen. Dingane had them killed after agreeing to a large cession of land (which he may not have fully understood, as the document was in English).

(Wikipedia accessed 2018 09 07)

See also The Voortrekkers