In The Words of Dr V.B. Nhlumayo

When Shaka attacked the lands, the Cele clan already existed. Around the years of 1700 King Mkhokheleli broke ranks with the Mthethwa clan. King Mkhokheleli was the son to Langa of Zwana, who was the son of Sodi, who was the son of Nqumela. However, it is not historically clear in which years these kings ruled. But it is believed that they ruled years before arriving in what is now KwaZulu Natal. It is also clear that despite merging with the Mthethwa, they did not lose their identity. After King Mkhokheleli, the kingship was assumed by Dibandlela. During Dibandlela's rule, the Mthethwa were ruled by King Dingiswayo.

King Dibandlela ruled until he was quite old. He witnessed the bad that was being done by his two sons. His son Mdisilwa bowed in front of the King, because he was in line to assume the throne from his father. As he knelt before his father, tyere was also his brother from the lower household, Sotukuza. The Cele throne was however assumed by Vico. Dibandlela's grandchildren joined the battle for kingship and these were Magaye and Mande. Magaye came out victorious. This caused a split between Magaye and Mande. Magaye then left his father's household and built his next to the Mhlali river, while Mande left to start his at Mvoti, now better known as KwaDukuza. Mande's kingdom includes Nganga next to Mushane river........

Author: Dr. V.B. Nhlumayo. Book: AbakwaCele, Umqulu wokuqala

Translation by: Sifiso Cele

Written by :
Martin Cele
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