The story of Dimbanyika and the Vhavenda goes back hundreds and hundreds of years, tied up in stories told by the elders. The legend of Ngoma Lungundu tells of an illness that ravaged an ancient city and that people fled in all directions to escape the epidemic. We do not know if that city was Mapungubwe, and we also do not know why it was abandoned, but we can see how the old stories hold the memories of the ancestors like whispers in the wind.
Buy the City Press each Sunday for an extract from the Our Story series. See the link below for the Dimbanyika: First Vhavenda King South of the Limpopo extract which was published on 18 September 2016.