The founder of the Khakhu chiefdom was Khakhu Rambuda. Khakhu was the son of Bele Rambuda whose death was plotted by his younger brother Tshikosi and the Ramabulanas for attempting to invite foreign mercenaries to Venda.

After Bele’s death, Tshikosi Rambuda, with the aid of the Ramabulanas, managed to re-conquer and reunite Dzimauli which at the time was ruled by Nyatshiţahela who was the widow of Mashila, Tshikosi’s half-brother. Tshikosi and the Ramabulanas started by conquering Gogogo which was ruled by Tshikosi’s other half-brother, Siphuma Rambuda. Siphuma was defeated and he fled to Ha-Tshivhasa. The previous ruler of Gogogo village, Negogogo, who was kicked out by Siphuma, was restored to his place by Tshikosi. Tshikosi settled at Ha-Maḓala and later attacked Tshixwadza, Luheni, and Tshamulumbwi.

Nyatshiţahela fled to Ha-Tshivhasa and left no ruler at Dzimauli when she heard that Tshikosi was busy re-conquering villages under Dzimauli. The Tshivhases sent Siphuma Rambuda to Dzimauli, after he fled Tshamulumbwi.

Tshikosi and the Ramabulanas’ initial attempt at dislodging Siphuma from Dzimauli ended in disaster after they lost one of their senior commanders, Madziḓa. But their second attempt was successful. They managed to get into Siphuma’s royal yard and their first victim was Siphuma’s son. Siphuma fled to Mukumbani, Ha-Tshivhasa.

Tshikosi became the undisputed Khosi of Dzimuali and he paid tribute to the Ramabulanas.

Tshikosi later gave the land of Ha-Maḓala to Khakhu Rambuda. Khakhu paid tribute to Tshikosi and the two had a healthy relationship for a while. Their relationship soured after the Tshivhases influenced Khakhu to turn against his uncle, Tshikosi. The Tshivhases reminded Khakhu that his father, Bele, was killed by Tshikosi. They also told him that Tshikosi could not be trusted, and that he was likely to kill Khakhu as well.

Khakhu stopped paying tribute to Tshikosi and even refused to attend thevhula (religious rituals) at Dzimauli. When Tshikosi sent aides to find out why Khakhu was refusing to go to the thevhula rituals, Khakhu sent Tshikosi’s aides packing. Tshikosi responded by sending his army to dislodge Khakhu. Khakhu fled to Mukumbani, Ha-Tshivhasa.

At this time the colonial administration had already established itself at Tshanowa (Sibasa) and was busy trying to have the whole of Venda under its control. The Tshivhases informed the colonial administration that Khakhu had been dislodged from Ha-Madala by Tshikosi. The colonial administration summoned Tshikosi to Tshanowa and told him to allow Khakhu to go back to Ha-Madala. The colonial administration told Tshikosi that he would be arrested if he attacked Khakhu again.

Khakhu went back to Ha-Madala and became in independent chief. He stopped paying tribute to his uncle, Tshikosi. The land of Ha-Madala ceased to be known as Ha-Madala, and became Ha-Khakhu. It is still known today as Ha-Khakhu.

Khakhu died and was succeeded by his son Miriiavhavha.

Ha-Khakhu is made of the following villages:

  1. Ha-Khakhu Thondoni (Musanda);
  2. Ha-Khakhu Fefe
  3. Makuleni;
  4. Mphagane;
  5. Tshifume;
  6. Mangwele; and
  7. Madzwororo.