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Sekhukhune I
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King of the Bapedi People
Reign September 1861 –
August 1882 (21 years)
Successor Sekhukhune II
Born 1814
Died 13 August 1882 (aged 68)
Father Sekwati

Sekhukhune or Matsebe Sekhukhune, (1814–1882), the son of King Sekwati, was king of the Bapedi of Sekhukhuneland currently known as Mohlaletse village, in the present day Limpopo Province of South Africa. He became king upon his father's death in September 1861, married Legoadi IV in 1862 and lived at a mountain, now known as Thaba Ya Leolo,[1] which he fortified.

As the Bapedi paramount leader he was faced with political challenges from the Boer, the independent South African Republic (ZAR) and the British Empire, with considerable social change caused by Christian missionaries.[2]

Sekhukhune Campaigns[edit]

He fought two wars: first successfully in 1876 against the ZAR and their Swazi allies, then unsuccessfully against the British and Swazi in 1879 during the Sekukuni Wars.[3][4]

Sekhukhune was held until 1881 in Pretoria, then assassinated by a notable rival( Mampuru) after fighting for the Sekhukhune reignship in 1882.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ du Plessis, E.J. (1973). Suid-Afrikaanse berg- en riviername. Tafelberg-uitgewers, Cape Town. p. 187. ISBN 0-624-00273-X. 
  2. ^ "Sekhukhune 1814 - 1882". Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ Jeeva. "King Sekhukhune". Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  4. ^ H.W. Kinsey (June 1973). "Military History Journal Vol 2 No 5 THE SEKUKUNI WARS". The South African Military History Society. 
  5. ^ Delius, Peter The Land Belongs to Us ; The Pedi Polity, the Boers and the British in the Nineteenth Century Transvaal London 1984 pp251-2 ISBN 0435940503