Posted on Mar 2, 2019

South Africa Online

The name Xhosa is a general term, used for an assortment of noble clans of Nguni descent, the Pondo, Bomvana, Thembu and the Xhosa tribe itself.

The Xhosa-speaking peoples or Cape Nguni inhabit the Eastern Cape, from the KwaZulu-Natal border to the Eastern Cape Zuurveld. Historically they were hunters, herders and subsistence farmers, who were organised in more or less politically independent chiefdom clusters, each recognising a paramount chief. Xhosa, like Nguni, a linguistic rather than an ethnic term, was the dialect spoken in the valleys of the Fish, Keiskamma and Buffalo rivers

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