Sibiside Mkhize had two wives and two sons, Shange and Mavovo. Shange was the son of the first wife and Mavovo was the son of the second wife. Sibiside was a Chief of the Nkanini clan in Showe, Zululand. Sibiside was old and he had to select between his sons the next chief for his clan. Shange and Mavovo were the chief’s heir but one of them had to become a chief. It was very hard for the chief to do that but his clan advised him to do a competition and both sons will participate and the one who will win the competition will be the next chief.
The chief agreed with his clan. They slaughtered a cow and called the chief’s sons to come and select the meat they like. Shange took a cow’s leg and Mavovo took ‘insonyama’ (choice of meat from breast for important people) which is the strongest meat which protects the sensitive part of a cow. Mavovo won the competition because he proved that he will be strong and protect the clan like ‘insonyama’ the meat he had chosen.
Inkosi uSibiside Shange wesizwe saseNkanini, eShowe, eZululand, wayenamakhosikazi amabili namadodana amabili uShange noMavovo. uMavovo wayezalwa eNdlunkulu kuthi uShange abe ngowasekhohlo. Inkosi yase ikhulile sekufanele ukuthi ibeke phansi izintambo zokuphatha. kodwa inkinga kwakuwukuthi wubani ozothatha izintambo zokuphatha isizwe emadodaneni aso amabili. Inkosi yaludingida loludaba nalabo ababeyibonisa ekuphathweni kwesizwe. Bavumelana ngokuthi kufanele kube nomncintiswano lapho namadodana azoba yingxenye yawo kuzothi ezowina kube yiyona ezoba yinkosi.
Kwahlatshwa inkomo. Kwacelwa ukuthi amadodana enkosi akhethe inyama ayithandayo. UShange wathatha umlenze wenkomo kwathi uMavovo wathatha insonyama. UMavovo uyena owanqoba kulomncintiswano, ngoba kwabonakala ngokukhetha kwakhe ukuthi uzoba yinkosi enamandla nehlakaniphile.