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Cetshwayo is an English play by H.I.E. Dhlomo (1903-1956).

The original text

A history play about the betrayal of the last autonomous Zulu king by the secretary for Native Affairs in South Africa, Sir Theophilus Shepstone. The play was written at the time the Hertzog Acts - cementing land segregation and restricting black voters to indirect representation only - were passed through Parliament. The play was a powerful vehicle for an indirect response to contemporary policies.

Written 1936-7, published in H.I.E. Dhlomo, Collected Works by Ravan Press, 1985 (Ed. Tim Couzens and Nick Visser), 1985.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa


Tim Couzens. 1985. The New African: A Study of the Life and Work of H.I.E. Dhlomo. Johannesburg: Ravan Press.

Visser and Couzens (eds). 1985. H.I.E. Dhlomo Collected Works. Johannesburg: Ravan Press.

Mona de Beer. 1995. Who Did What in South Africa. Johannesburg: Ad Donker.

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