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Title:Political Rights, Land Ownership and Contending Forms of Representation in Colonial Natal, 1860-1900
Author:Khumalo, Vukile
Periodical:Journal of Natal and Zulu History
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:colonial administration
State-society relationship
gender relations
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:The point of departure for this paper is the petition submitted to the Secretary for Native Affairs in Natal, South Africa, S.O. Samuelson, on 18 July 1891 by Nozingqwazi, a widow, protesting the action of the Reverend H.D. Goodenough in selling the land she occupied and cultivated. It demonstrates how 'ordinary' people navigated the web of local power to make their views known to the colonial State and it underscores the importance of the petition strategy as an aspect of the centrality of letter writing in nineteenth-century Natal and Zululand. The consequence of the letter, the savage, unwarranted attack on Nozingqwazi's character, betrays the umbrage of men, both white and Zulu, to initiatives shown by women standing up for their rights. It also reveals that colonial officials much preferred to maintain an oral discourse with those they ruled rather than have to pursue a paper chase. Despite their disapproval of their methods, the people of the mission station continued to put pen to paper. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]