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BAPHAKATHI (article first published : 2001-09-20)

Baphakathi: Kill the Wizards is a play about King Dingane of the AmaZulu and Piet Retief, leader of the Voortrekkers. Presented by the Drama and Performance Studies Programme of the University of Natal Durban, it runs from September 18 to 22 at 18h00 in the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre on the Durban Campus. There will also be a performance on September 22 at 18h00.

According to the playwright Beki Nkala, the play explores in three languages - IsiZulu, English and Afrikaans the reasons behind the unfortunate murder of Retief and his followers at Umgungundlovu on February 6, 1838. The play offers spectacular traditional song and dance performed in traditional dress and is suitable for Grades 8 to 12.

Tickets R10 for scholars available from Claudette Wager on (031) 260-3134 between 08h00 and 13h00.




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