oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - Crossroads of war : the people of Nkandla in the Zulu rebellion of 1906

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1022-8136
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0020



The Zulu Rebellion of 1906 was the violent response to the imposition of a poll tax of 1 on all adult males (with exempted categories) by the government of the British South African colony of Natal on the part of a section of the indigenous, Zulu-speaking people. The rebellion was in the nature of ""secondary resistance"" to European colonization, and the poll tax was only the immediate cause of it. Not all the African people (who made up 82% of the colony's population) participated in the rebellion; only a few did, but there was the potential for a mass uprising, which inspired great fear among the European settlers (who made up just 8,3% of the population) and prompted the colony's responsible government to take quick and vigorous action to crush the rebellion before it could spread.

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