Thandatha Jongilizwe Mabandla

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Justice Thandathu Mabandla
Chief of the Bhele Tribe
In office
c 1957 – Continuing
1st Chief Minister of Ciskei
In office
1 August 1972 – 21 May 1973
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byLennox Sebe
Chief Executive Councillor of the Ciskei Territorial Authority
In office
1 January 1969 – 1 August 1973[1]
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byNone
Personal details
Born (1926-08-16) 16 August 1926 (age 92)
Tyume, Alice
Spouse(s)Nolusapho Phumla Ndamase (1935-2001)
ChildrenPrince Langalivelile Ntabayikhonjwa Mabandla
ParentsSimolwna Mabandla (1879-1944)

Chief Justice Thandathu Jongilizwe Mabandla known as Chief Justice Mabandla[2] (born 16 August 1926) is the chief of the AmaBhele Tribe in Alice (Tyume). He was born on 16 August 1926 and is the eldest son of the late Simolwna Mabandla

His reign as chief of the Bhele tribe started sometime around 1957. On 1 January 1968, he became the first chief executive councillor of the Ciskei Territorial Authority and later on August 1st of 1972 ascended to newly created position of Chief Minister. In 1972 Lennox Leslie Wongama Sebe, a member of Mabandla's cabinet, broke with Mabandla and formed his own party, the Ciskei National Independence Party (CNIP). The CNIP became successful in 1973 and Sebe then became the new Chief minister of the Ciskei. In 1978, Mabandla and other members of his party crossed floors to the CNIP and Ciskei became a one-party state.


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  2. ^ jonas (27 July 2012). "The Ciskei is given self-government. Chief Justice Mabandla becomes Chief Minister, and the heads of the territory's six depart". South African History Online. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  • Ciskei Legislative Assembly (1968–1980). Debates of the session of the Ciskei Legislative Assembly.
  • Vail, L. (1989). The Creation of Tribalism in Southern Africa. London Berkley: Currey.

External links[edit]

  • Rharhabe Kings & Chiefs [1]