Makhado Tshilwavhusiku Ramabulana


“The warrior-King, Makhado Tshilwavhusiku Ramabulana’s exploits in defence of our land, our dignity and our well being will forever remain etched in our proud history of resistance to colonialism’. Former President Nelson Mandela, 1998.

This is the true story of the legendary king, Makhado Ramabulana, the hero of the struggle against colonialism and racial oppression. King Makhado, like kings Shaka Zulu, Mzilikazi Khumalo, Moshoeshoe, Sekhukhune, Malebogo, Makgoba, and Queen Modjadji, amongst others, fought for freedom. Their heroism inspired the establishment of the liberation movement in the early 20th century.\

Makhado Tshilwavhusiku Ramabulana was the son of King Rasithu. He was the grandson of King Munzhedzi Mpofu, and the great grandson of King Thohoyandou.


Makhado’s grandfather, Munzhedzi Mpofu, the son of Thohoyandou the Great, died in 1829. Munzhedzi’s three sons were Rasithu (known as Ramabulana), Ramavhoya and Madzhie. Rasithu, the eldest son who was peace-loving, ascended the throne. But his mother, Nyamulanalwo, favoured her other son, Ramavhoya. She therefore influenced Ramavhoya to rise up against his brother.

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