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History of Ndongeni and Dick King, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Most people know the story of Dick King, who in 1842 rode 600 miles to Grahamstown from Port Natal (Durban) to seek help for British forces besieged by Boers at the Old Fort site. However, few know of the role played by Ndongeni, King’s 16-year-old servant who rode bareback alongside the tough transport rider and helped him to elude the pursuing Boers.  Riding mostly at night, King and Ndongeni stayed close to the coast, swimming across the Mkomazi and Mzimkulu Rivers. At the Mpenjati River they cut inland and rode together as far as Mngazi (Umngazi River) in the Eastern Cape where Ndongeni turned back. King continued to Grahamstown where he succeeded in getting help for the besieged soldiers. For his part in the escape, Ndongeni was rewarded with a piece of land near St Faiths Road (which I assume) is near St Faith’s Mission, northwest of Port Shepstone). AOHistory

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Last update: 2014-05-13 14:01
Author: Alan McIver
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