Ngubengcuka Vusani aNdaba, King of the abaThembu

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About Ngubengcuka Vusani aNdaba, King of the abaThembu

abaThembu Descent line

Possible YDNA Haplogroup E1b1a (aka E-M2)

  • Nxeko (b c late 1500s) 1st abaThembu king, whose two sons fought over the succession:
  • Hlanga, defeated, left to establish his own separate community which was subordinate to the community led by his brother
  • Dlomo, the father of
  • Hala, ancestor of all later kings.
  • Madiba
  • Tato
  • Zondwa (d c1756) and Dlawu
  • Ndaba (d c1800) Ntlazi ; Xuluma ; Bawana and Bhejula
  • Ngubengcuka - also known as Vusani (c1790 - 1830); Fadana, Regent; Jumba; Nkosiyane; Mni; Mphasa and Nene
  • Mtikrakra (Great House Son), King of the abaThembu; Simakade; Mandela Left Hand House Son, Chief of Mveso; Joyi, Regent; Ngonyama; Mgudlwa; Viva; Mqanqeni; Gungubele; Qhwesha; Nohuthe; Ncapayi; & Shweni

See abaThembu Descent Line Project for references and previous generations.

Ngubengcuka ruled from 1800 to 1830. He fathered Mtirara. At his death, Mtirara, his successor, was still a minor and Joyi became regent. Ngubengcuka consolidated abaThembu kingship. He merged with abaThembu fugitives from the wars of turmoil such as amaHlubi, amaTshangase, imiZizi and amaBhele. He successfully defended the kingship against amaQwathi, amaNgwane and amaVundle. Ngubengcuka established a unified Thembuland which stretched from Mthatha to the present day Queenstown. In 1827, during the reign of Ngubengcuka , Matiwane, a Ngwane chief, invaded abaThembu. This was to have a profound impact on the unity of Abathembu, as it forced minor communities like amaTshatshu and others to trek to Queenstown. Matiwane and his followers were defeated by abaThembu with the assistance of the British and amaGcaleka.

When Mtirara came of age he took his rightful place as king of abaThembu. Mtirara fathered three sons: Ngangelizwe, from the Great House, Matanzima from the right hand house and Mfanta from a minor house. Ngangelizwe, was succeeded by Dalindyebo, Jongilizwe (Sampu), Jonguhlanga Sabata, and Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo respectively. Jonguhlanga Sabata was appointed paramount chief of abaThembu as a whole, including Emigrant Thembuland and Bomvanaland with effect from 1 July 1954.