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the board explains crimes and incarceration history of Mzuzephi Mathebula. it is recorded by Charles Van Onselen in the book of " the small matter of a horse- the life of Nongoloza mathebula, 1867-1948.
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Nongoloza started his criminal career in Johannesburg, when he work for four men of the highway robbers as a groom. he was convicted for attempted murder at Volksburg. On 9 July, 1908, Note, Cronje and one other escaped from the prison and broke into the adjacent court house where they removed two revolvers and seventy-five rounds of ammunition before-linking up with their outside associates. They were stealing stock, breaking into houses, and shooting at anyone who dared to cross their…

Nongoloza started his criminal career in Johannesburg, when he work for four men of the highway robbers as a groom. he was convicted for attempted murder at Volksburg. On 9 July, 1908, Note, Cronje and one other escaped from the prison and broke into the adjacent court house where they removed two revolvers and seventy-five rounds of ammunition before-linking up with their outside associates. They were stealing stock, breaking into houses, and shooting at anyone who dared to cross their…

Nongoloza was working as a groom for Mr M and his son Aleck in Harrismith where he developed a considerable skill as groom and he was rewarded with a horse for the good work he had done before going back home in Bergville.

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the small matter of the horse was recorded by Charles Van Onselen after the horse went astray on Mr Tom Porter's farm and Nongoloza was blamed for the lose. it all started with a horse back in 1886 - a horse that went missing and had to be found or paid for by somebody. That somebody was Nongoloza, and he felt he was being treated badly, so badly that he moved from KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, where he started his career as a crime king.

The Small Matter of the Horse is a useful historical book, where Daisy's account can be found.

Mzuzephi found himself a position as a 'houseboy' in the suburb of Jeppe but remained in contact with his immediate kin by sending home messages and money via returning migrant workers.

Mzuzephi found himself a position as a 'houseboy' in the suburb of Jeppe but remained in contact with his immediate kin by sending home messages and money via returning migrant workers.

The boy was largely deprived of his father's presence since Numisimani spent most of his time away from home at a distant kraal in the Umsumkulu district where he held the rank of induna or headman.   it was during this latter period that the young man first sought solace in dagga smoking since, throughout the rest of his life, the man from Bergville evinced a strong love of cannabis.

The boy was largely deprived of his father's presence since Numisimani spent most of his time away from home at a distant kraal in the Umsumkulu district where he held the rank of induna or headman. it was during this latter period that the young man first sought solace in dagga smoking since, throughout the rest of his life, the man from Bergville evinced a strong love of cannabis.

Mzuzephi was a burglar , he break into Horseshoe hotel and help himself to its context.On 21 April, 1902, he  successfully escape from prison, entered a suburban home in Johannesburg in search of clothing. When he had almost completed his search and was about to leave the premises, he was surprised by the arrival of the owner, whom he assaulted before being overpowered and arrested.

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the Ninevites were overpowered and arrested then a few days later, on 14 November, 1899, they appeared before the Johannesburg Special Court where they were convicted and each sentenced to five years with hard labour and twenty-five lashes . Nongoloza draws the court's attention to the fact that during two years in prison he had been subjected to continual ill-treatment and that, to date, he had received 135 lashes in prison which accounted for his desire to escape

the Ninevites were overpowered and arrested then a few days later, on 14 November, 1899, they appeared before the Johannesburg Special Court where they were convicted and each sentenced to five years with hard labour and twenty-five lashes . Nongoloza draws the court's attention to the fact that during two years in prison he had been subjected to continual ill-treatment and that, to date, he had received 135 lashes in prison which accounted for his desire to escape

Mzuzephi was a King of the Ninevites, with the distinctive glaring eyes that gave him his more popular name of Nongoloza, to come to the attention of the warders. Within the cells, inmates constantly made sacrifices of food, tobacco or dagga to the man , while the entire prison was said to echo when Nongoloza was greeted with a cry that was usually reserved for Zulu royalty - Bayede. He impart another name to his gang —Abas'etsheni — the People of the Stone.

Mzuzephi was a King of the Ninevites, with the distinctive glaring eyes that gave him his more popular name of Nongoloza, to come to the attention of the warders. Within the cells, inmates constantly made sacrifices of food, tobacco or dagga to the man , while the entire prison was said to echo when Nongoloza was greeted with a cry that was usually reserved for Zulu royalty - Bayede. He impart another name to his gang —Abas'etsheni — the People of the Stone.


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