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This photograph taken when he was in the 7th Regiment prior to his transfer to the 80th. [Mac & Shad] (Isandula Collection)
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PostSubject: Female Zulu Units   Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:42 am

In the movie Zulu, the South African Constable mentioned as unit made up of women. Does anyone know what they were called in the Zulu language?
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PostSubject: Re: Female Zulu Units   Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:57 am

Machievelli. Welcome to the forum. I have been looking for ths topic as its been covered before and does answer your question. I will keep looking and will post link if I find it. If any other members know its location please post link. Salute
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PostSubject: Re: Female Zulu Units   Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:32 am

Machievelli. Thanks for joining. Click on link below. Hope it helps.

Thanks John.

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PostSubject: Re: Female Zulu Units   Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:13 am

Good morning. They were known as iziNtanga and Organised into groups which corresponded to the Regiments. Generally they performed no military function, but were responsible to maintenance of the community & provided wives for older men. They were also required to relieve pressure after a campaign by engaging in ukuHlobonga (safe sex). The Female Regiments established at the time of King Shaka kaSenzangakhona were:

*umVutwamini (Type of fruit)
*inThlabathi (‘Sand’)
*imBazane (‘Self-admirers’)
*uluSiba (‘The Feather’)
*uNgisimane (‘Englishman’)
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PostSubject: Re: Female Zulu Units   Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:22 pm

Thanks Ken, Wonderfull translations.

uNgisimane (‘Englishman)

Looks like Nightmare at first glance. You need to study mo
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PostSubject: Female Zulu Units   Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:36 pm

Nice one old H.

Yes, it does look like nightmare at first glance.

I had visions of units of irate female Zulus, arms folded with a rolling pin in one hand, waiting to say to their men "where have you been all day, and what time do you call this to come home, and just look at the state you are in, and another thing, why do you want that ripped red jacket, just look at it, it's all covered in dried blood, if you think I'm washing and mending that thing, you can think again, now get in the hut and be quick about it" :lol: :lol: :lol:

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