A seminar titled ‘The KhoiKhoi: Xhosa Wars of Land Repossession in the 18th and 19th Century Cape Colony and the Making of South Africa’s Working Class’ was held at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Professor Nomalanga Mkhize, tapped on the history of two of the most powerful anti-colonial rebels in the Eastern Cape – Makhanda ka Nxele and David Stuurman – who had worked on Boer farms in the 1700 and 1800 before being incarcerated at Robben Island. She spoke of how present day South Africa has obscured the struggle of the likes of Nxele and Stuurman in its working class history and instead obsessed over the rise of industrial capital in the 20th century as opposed to African land dispossession.
Professor Nomalanga Mkhize.
Prof Mkhize addressing guests at JIAS