Hleke kaNgcande, amaHleke Chief

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About Hleke kaNgcande, amaHleke Chief

Oral tradition tells that the Mdange & Hleke might have been twins.

Apparently the mother of Phalo gave birth to a posthumous son of Tshiwo, who was hidden by his uncle Mdange until his maturity. He took over the Xhosa Kingship after a battle with his older half-brother, Gwali Peires, JB: ‘The House of Phalo’. 1981, Raven Press, Johannesburg, SA


Togu had three sons

  • Ntinde who founded the amaNtinde tribe,
  • Ketshe who founded the amaBhayi and
  • Ngconde who was Paramount.

Ngconde’s children were

  • Hleke founder of the amaHleke,
  • Mdange (~ 1736) of the imiDange
  • Gando of the amaKwayi and
  • Tshiwo (~1704) who was Paramount to all Xhosa speaking nations in the region.


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