The commemoration of King Silmba takes places at Komjekejeke in Wallmanthal not east of Pretoria everty first week of March. This 30 year old event see amaNdebele celerating the life of King Silimba and his wise move of deciding not to engage the Boers in as he felt that war could have wiped amaNdebele from South African history.
AmaNdebele once faced a possibility of total wipe out from South Africa, this is after Mzilikazi KaMashobane led a an army and caused rampage in South Africa in the 1820s. After a while Mzilikazi settled amongs amaNdebele in Pretoria. It is belived that after amaNdebele had welcomed Mzilikazi and settled peacefully for a year Mzilikazi ploted and killed King Sibindi of Manala Mbhongo tribal house. Oral history tell how Mzilikazi fled with more than 18 000 young men and women killing older men and women. They say Mzilikazi did not end there he also went to the east whre King Magodongo was he also killed King Magodongo and fled towards the north.
All was good until general Bronkhorst came and demanded the land that amaNdebele had settled in KwaNanduna, otherwise known as Bronkhorstspruit named after the general. A war wa brewing when King Silamba was advised by the Berling Missionaries to oved to Pretoria where they had previously stayed under King Musi. Seeing that the Boers were using sophisticated guns and that his army was not as strong King Silamba opted to move his people to Komjekejeke. This is a moved that is hailed by many as a moved that saved amaNdebele from total anilation.
King Silamba Day is celebrated every year mostly by amaNdebele wakwa Manala Mbhongo which is the great house of King Musi. The day marks the day the people found the place that brought joy to their lives, hence the place was called Komjekejeke. The commemoration is celebrated every first week of March because historicall this was the acient first fruit time, where people used to take what they have harvested and go celebrate at the royal Kraal.
We visited Komjekejeke in Walmanthal north east of Pretoria to witness this cultural historic event.
After barely 10 years amaNdebele determine to prove a point that KoMjekejeke belong to them, they form a trust called Silamba trust that through it they bought about 110 hectors of the land where most heritages are situated. In 1998 about four hectors were declare National Heritage Site by the department of Culture.