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.
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.
- Peires, JB: ‘The House of Phalo’. 1981, Raven Press, Johannesburg, SA p54
- Mostert, Noel: ‘Frontiers’. 1992, Jonathan Cape, London