The rulers of Lwamondo are Vhalaudzi of Tshimudi. Oral history has it that the Vhalaudzi were part of Vhasenzi, the group led by the Singo, and that the Vhalaudzi were led by Govhamasenga (also known as Gwamasenga) and his half-brother Tshimudi. Vhalaudzi settled along Mutshedzi River in the Nzhelele valley. The area where the Vhalaudzi settled is known as Vhulaudzi (meaning “the land of Vhalaudzi”).

It is indicated elsewhere on this website (Early History) that the Vhavenda Kingdom during Kings Dyambeu and Thohoyandou’s times stretched from Vhembe river (Limpopo) in the north to Crocodile river in the south. This kingdom included people who were not Venda speaking. The Karanga of Zimbabwe were subject to him and the Bapedi chiefs recognised him as their sovereign.

King Thohoyandou placed various loyal chiefs across the kingdom to ensure that people paid tribute to him. King Thohoyandou instructed two Vhalaudzi chiefs, Govhamasenga and Tshimudi to go further south to conquer Mapulaneng and Mashishing (Lydenburg).

Govhamasenga and Tshimudi left for Mapulaneng and Mashishing as instructed by King Thohoyandou. Govhamasenga and his children settled at Mapulaneng, while Tshimudi and his son, Tshilinde, settled at Mashishing. Both Govhamasenga and Tshimudi did not like Mapulaneng and Mashishing. They both could not establish themselves due to the fights that ensued between Vhalaudzi and the amaSwati and Mapulana in the area.

The Vhalaudzi of Govhamasenga went back to Venda and were joined by the Rongas who came from Mozambique. The Rongas had also tried to settle in Mapulaneng, but they also got engaged in bloody battles with Swazis and Mapulana.

The Vhalaudzi of Govhamasenga settled at Tshinavheni. Historians argue that most of the Vhalaudzi children who were born in Mapulaneng and Mashishing spoke broken Tshivenda and were fluent in Sipulana and Siswati. They were, therefore, seen by some people as outsiders. This, historians believe, led to the wrong impression that Vhalaudzi were of Ronga origin. The confusion was compounded by the presence of Vharonga within Vhalaudzi, and it was assumed that the Vhalaudzi and Vharonga were one.

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