Khawutu aGcaleka, King of the amaXhosa

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About Khawutu aGcaleka, King of the amaXhosa

Khawuta ka Gcaleka

Khawuta ka Gcaleka was the second chief of the Gcaleka people, a sub-group of the Xhosa nation. Khawuta was the eldest son of Gcaleka ka Phalo, the founder of the Gcaleka people.

Born: 1761

Died: 1804 near what is now Kentani in the Eastern Cape Province. Other sources record 1794 or 1820 as the year of death.

Parents: Gcaleka ka Phalo

Children 3 boys:

  • Hintsa kaKhawuta
  • Bhurhu ka Khawuta (1785),
  • Hintsa ka Khawuta (1789)
  • Malashe ka Khawuta.

Khawatu reigned 1778-1794. He was a weak ruler.. 'only a shadow of his predecessor'He became paramount chief of the Xhosas in 1792.