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November 19, 2014

Interview with Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi about Thembalethu Primary School and Mshayazafe

IMG-20140924-WA0003Summary of an interview with Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi about Mshayazafe in Inanda:

Mr Mnqayi is one of the very few elderly men who came at Inanda at the age of 24 and became very active so that today he still resides in the community even though he was not born in Inanda. In the interview he speaks about being a co-founder of the Thembelethu primary School. Due to the ANC and the IFP Riots which lasted for ears from 1987 – 1990, the area was divided and ruled according to two parties, the IFP area and the ANC area. Those who were from the IFP area were not allowed in the ANC area and those from the ANC area were not allowed in the IFP area too. However this resulted to the children from IFP area being excluded from the ANC schools and there was a need for parents to intervene in such situations and Mr Mnqayi was the one and his idea became very successful. Mr Mnqayi further states that there was a high need for the school because their children were no longer safe once they are caught in the ANC area they get injured and even killed and there were no schools for their children at all and the Thembelethu Primary School was formed through the cottage that was left by the Indians while the blacks were forcibly invading the Indians houses, shops and farms.

In the beginning Mr Mnqayi talks about the environment of Inanda on how it was divided during the apartheid government; Inanda was divided into two – the white government and the Zulu government which was according to chiefs (Ubukhosi ) and great leaders (Izinduna).

Mshayazafe means ‘beat him/her to death’. That’s how the name Mshayazafe came about. Mshayazafe was a tavern that was owned by a woman, but you could swear it was a man, the way it was operating. Mshayazafe was having her bouncer who will take you out if  are troubling them and she was having her people specific for her tavern helping when there is someone whose troubling her. KwaMshayazafe you were not supposed to do wrong things because if you are caught they will beat you to death and when you are caught with the knife they beat you in such a way that no one can even try to help you; once you are caught you are dead already. However people enjoyed drinking and partying at KwaMshayazafe because this women was having radios and other equipment that were scarce at that time and because she was a women she used to cook (Usu) inyama yangaphakathi and sell it to her clients. So many people from different places such as eMawoti came to KwaMshayazafe to drink and also to play cards. There was a man called Nyathikazi, who was appointed by an Indian to give land to people who want to stay at Inanda. He was also a spy working with the Polish called Oqonda; he was from the KwaMshayazafe area, so when people want development they just used uMshayazafe and the place was called Mshayazafe Development but they can still point themselves that this one is from eZihlabathini,this one from Vutha, this one from Mnyama road etc.

Mr Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi has a good memory because he was recalling the years in which these things took place and even the names of the people who were involved during their implementation of the school . He can recall everything and emphasised that you can go to any of the houses at Inanda, but you cannot find any information about Thembalethu Primary School and Mshayazafe Development. He also stressed the point that at school they had never done anything for him but only come to him when they want the history of Thembalethu primary School.

The sad thing, said Mr Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi, is that heroes like him will only be recognised once they are gone!

Interview and summary:  Andile Mkwanazi 24 September 2014



April 18, 2013

Memories of eNanda in the 1980s – Thokozile Vilakazi

Prince interviews Thokozile Vilakazi from Inanda (Africa): 16 March 2013

Thokozile Vilakazi arrived at Inanda in 1978. She says that when she arrived Inanda was a peaceful place that had Indian and black people.  “Inanda was very peaceful, Indians and blacks lived together at KwaMshayazafe, there was an Indian store and there were also Indian families living at Mtshebheni. This ended when blacks and Indians did not agree on certain matters”, she said.  Thokozile Vilakazi does not know the exact reasons that led to the riots.  When she arrived, she did not have any Indian neighbours, but she used to see Indians when she went to the shop.  Regarding the ownership of land, when she arrived at Inanda she went to a man called Rodgers and bought a portion of land from him.  She said, “I can say this was Rodger’s land and I paid R50 to him, he was a black man”.

When she arrived at Inanda there were already people living in certain places except for the place called Ematendeni (Inanda Newtown), which was a forest at that time.  She says that some of the Indian stores that were burnt down during the riots were rebuilt and they are still owned by Indians. She feels that Inanda has changed compared to what it was like when she arrived.  “Inanda is no longer a safe place, old women get raped and no one takes any action to stop that”, she says. In the 1980s they had a group called “Oqonda” which was formed by older men. This group was responsible for catching criminals and handing them over to the police, which made Inanda a safe place to live in.

With regards to the community benefiting from the heritage sites that have been established, she thinks some of the community members from Inanda do benefit from the sites. But she argues that her community (Africa) has not benefited from the sites. She says no development has taken place in Africa. Lastly she says that she prefers the old Inanda that was safe, than the one she is living in today.

April 4, 2013

Memories of Inanda, Mshayazafe in the 1980s – Michael Msomi

Interview with  Michael Msomi (iNanda- Mshayazafe) about his memories of life in eNanda in the 1980s

Interviewed by Thomas Mkhabela and Prince Mgabi on 16 March 2013 at Inanda Mshayazafe.


Thomas and Michael introduce themselves and the reason for the interview

Question: Can you please tell us when did you get to iNanda or were you born here?

Answer:  I came to iNanda in 1981 from Nkandla

Q: Can you please tell us about life in iNanda during those years

A: Life was safer; it was 100% because there were people put in place (omantshingilane) to look after the wellbeing of the community. Life was more respected unlike now ,this I owing to the government, people had the law in their own hands in 1981, if you had done something wrong you were captured and beaten up for the wrongs you have done and so you my never do wrong again. But these days the government has given people rights so people cannot be beaten up anymore. But back then in iNanda we were living happily because the wrong doers knew that if they get caught they would be beaten up.

Q: so are you saying that people were living in harmony?

A: Yes, 100%

Q: Can I ask how the living arrangements were when you got here at Mshayazafe? Was it only blacks or mixed races?

A: It was blacks only here and Indians were on the other side (points at the place) as you can see now other people staying there. They stayed there until the times of the riots if you know about them you can write about them since that’s when they left iNanda. But all in all life was peaceful in iNanda there was no government interference.

Q: Do you somehow know what the real causes of those riots were?

A: I wouldn’t know the real reason as you are also not sure, but what I know is that the( United Democratic Front)UDF was fighting for freedom but at the end the UDF ended up fighting with the IFP. That’s how the riots in Mshayazafe began until the (African National Congress) ANC fight with (Inkatha Freedom Party) IFP.

Q: Was UDF it the most supported party?

A: That is the ANC it was followed mostly by the youth

Q: Since life has changed in iNanda do you still enjoy living here?

A: as I’m still in Mshayazafe I enjoy being here, 100% (talks to the crowd making noise) I really love this place just the things that are happening here for example we experience floods and we lose our bridges, as you can see there are things that we should be getting as a community but we don’t we don’t get any development we don’t know who should bring development to us even our ward councillor does not bring anything to us. We are IFP but we are led by an ANC councillor which means we are governing ourselves in Mshayazafe but we do talk to our councillor as I speak for the whole community. We told him we need bridges because they are for the benefit of the whole community not for Michael Msomi as an individual. The councillor tries to meet with the chairman of this community but the chairman keeps ignoring the councillor

Q: As the community of Mshayazafe , since there are places like Ohlange, The Ghandi settlement and others does the community see themselves as belonging to those sites?

A: I don’t understand you now can you please talk about Mshayazafe and not other places. Is not that you are in Mshayazafe? So please talk about what the people in Mshayazafe said. If you involve other places that will cause us problems.


N.B: This interview had to be cut off, because the interviewee and his friends pointed out that the questions relate to ANC related sites. The interviewee is an IFP supporter and did not want to answer further questions.