Please Prince Mashele, we are Tsonga not Shangaans
On September 11 2017 Prince Mashele’s column was published under the headline “New SA nation back to separate tribal kraals”.
Mashele plays an important role in giving readers food for thought. But I found it incorrect for Mashele, himself being Tsonga-speaking, referring to our ethnic group as Shangaans.
We are Tsonga, that’s one of 11 official languages of South Africa. The Shangaan name was given to our ethnic group by the European settlers in the early 1900s.
It’s a name derived from Soshangane who fled from what today is KwaZuluNatal in 1820, running away from Shaka Zulu. He ran to our territory and subjugated some of our tribes but not all of us, hence we cannot be called by his name. Maluleke Mkateko