Abantu bakwaMtshali batholakala endaweni yaseNtabankulu uma udlula eFilidi enyakatho yesifundazwe saKwaZulu Natal. Njengokujwayelekile isibongo sakhiwa umkhuba noma yikhono lomuntu lowo. UMtshali uthathelwe ekutshaleni. Kuthiwa kwakunendoda eyayinekhono ekulimeni yonke into eyayiyitshala yayithela kakhulu. Abantu bagcina ngokuyiqamba ukuthi uMtshali kwase kwakheka isibongo sakwaMtshali.
UMtshali wayezalwa nguMabhedla. UMabhedla owayenamadodana amabili okunguye uMtshali noMlambo. UMtshali uzale uKhondlo, uKhondlo nguye owabayinkosi enkulu endaweni yaseNtabankulu futhi wayesatshwa. UKhondlo wafa ngesikhathi sokubusa senkosi uShaka yaMaZulu ngesikhathi ihlanganisa izizwe. UKhondlo wayenamadodana okunguHlangabeza noHlabangane. UHlangabeza wafa ngaso isikhathi sikaShaka ebaleka nezinkomo zikayise. UHlabangane wasinda wazala uMagalela. UMagalela wazala uMantshinga. UMantshinga wazala uNsele yena wazala uMduna kwathi uMduna wazala uShishi.
UShishi kaMduna wabalekela endaweni yaseZimbabwe, bahlala kwaBulawayo ngesikhathi sazo izimpi zikaShaka bebaleka noMzilikazi kaMashobane. UShishi nabantu bakhe bafike bazibiza ngoHlabangane igane likakhokho wakhe. Kuthiwa abafunanga ukuganiselana nabantu baseZimbabwe baganiselana bodwa nabantu bakaMzilikazi okwenza ukuthi buphele ubukhosi bakwaMtshali ngalesosikhathi. Enye indodana kaMabhedla nguMandeku ozale uShangu kwathi uShangu wazala uVezi. UVezi wazala uMdineka, uMdineka wazala uNhlabathi, uNhlabathi wazala uManzi.
Omunye wozalo lwakwaMtshali, uMkhathini wakhulelisa intombi yakwaMtshali waxoshwa esizweni wabizwa ngokuthi uJiyane ngoba ejiyise isizwe ngomkhuba omubi awenzile. Saqhamuka ngalendlela isibongo sakwaJiyane. UMkhathini uzale uMkhabisanyathi owagcina esedume ngelikaMagolwana owaba yimbongi kaDingane noMpande. UMagolwana wabanezingane ezingama 217. Abantu bakwaJiyane batholakala endaweni yaseMazungeni ngaseBabanango lapho kutholakala nenkosi yabo khona. Indawo yaseNtabankulu yagcina ithathwe yisizukulwane sikaMagolwana behlula abakwaMtshali.
Wen’ ongacoshi nabafokazane!
Nsele kaLinda Mkhonto!
Ndima kazilingani nezabafokazane!
Wena Magalel’ ogasele njengeNgonyama!
Wen’ ongene nesikhuni emanzini sivutha,
Waphuma naso sivutha futhi!
Lezi ezingezansi zibhalwe nguET Sithole, Izithakazelo Nezibongo ZakaZulu
Nina bakaJujumbe kaChomeni
Magalel’ agase njengengonyama
Nina bakwaLinda ngomkhonto
Magalela ngokugalel’ umuzi wendoda
UNtselenduna ngokuthwal’ isila sensele
Nin’ enaxoshwa kwaMlambo
English Summary: History of Mtshali Surname
Mtshali is derived from the name ‘tshala’ meaning to plant. There was a man who was good at planting crops such that people called him ‘Mtshali’ meaning ‘the planter’. This became his first name. Mtshali people are situated in the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal in a place called Ntabankulu after Vryheid. Mtshali’s father was Mabhedla. Mabhedla had Mtshali and Mlambo and another son of Mabhedla was Mandeku. Mtshali’s son was Khondlo who became a well-known and feared chief of the clan. Khondlo was killed by King Shaka. Khondlo had two sons Hlangabeza and Hlabangane. Hlangabeza was also killed. Hlabangane’s son was Magalela whose son was Mantshinga whose son was Nsele. Nsele’s son was Mduna whose son was Shishi. The Mtshali clan was led by Shishi of Mduna when they ran away from Shaka with Mzilikazi kaMashobane. And they settled in KwaBulawayo, Zimbabwe. They called themselves by their great grandfather’s name Hlabangane. Mandeku, another son of Mabhedla had a sone called Shangu whose son was Vezi. Vezi’s son was Mdineka whose sone was Nhlabathi then Manzi. During Mtshali’s time there was a man related to Mtshali called Mkhathini who impregnated his sister and he was chased away from his home and clan and they named him Jiyane hence the beginning of Jiyane surname. Mkhathini’s son was Mkhabisanyathi who was well known as Magolwana and he was a praise singer or poet of Dingane and Mpande. Magolwana had 217 children. Jiyane people are situated at Mazungeni after Babanango.
Source: Ilanga Newspaper. February 13-15. Page 8