Shoshangana (also spelt as Soshangana) applied the scorched earth policy – a tactic he had learnt from Dingane and Shaka – between KwaZuu-Natal and the southern part of Mozambique. The pursuing Zulu were badly affected as they crossed the dead and barren land. Burnt crops and dead cattle offered no food, and some starving warriors only survived by cooking their ox-hide shields.
The Our Story first series selected the spelling ‘Shoshangana’ from the variants in the literature. The correct Vatsonga spelling is, however, Soshangana, and this spelling will be used in future editions and stories.
Buy the City Press each Sunday for an extract from the Our Story series. See the link below for the Shoshangana extract which was published on 7 August 2016.