Gcabashe Clan Names History and Origin

Gcabashe clan names are found primarily in South Africa and make for a common surname.

Many alleged links between Ngoni clans and those that joined in migration do not square with their origins; for instance, claims that Ndila stemmed from Maseko through adoption seem unlikely.

Gcabashe Clan Names

  1. Gcabashe
  2. Ndlovu
  3. Nzimande
  4. Magwaza
  5. Maphumulo
  6. Mhlophe
  7. Mbili
  8. Nyamazane
  9. Ntuli
  10. Khuzwayo


Gumede clan members account for approximately 74% of South Africa’s population and can also be found in Brazil and Zimbabwe, where their name can be written either Gomede or Gomedes depending on where you reside.

Gumede was an active supporter of Dinuzulu kaChetshwayo and assisted in investigating land claims by various Zulu tribes’ iNduna. Additionally, he joined their deputation to London to petition the British government for land.

Gumede became actively involved with the African National Congress (ANC) during his later years, serving both on its executive committee and national council, representing them internationally as well. A staunch critic of British rule in South Africa, he strongly opposed White settlement of Zululand; fearing this could cause its disintegration as well as seeing that British intervention was unwilling.


NDILA – The Ndila clan is one of the largest in South Africa, located mainly in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Western Cape. Although known for their warlike practices and aggressive disposition, they can also be peaceful and caring.

The Ndilas are an extremely proud and powerful tribe who will fight for what they believe in, even at the cost of their own lives. Spiritually minded, the Ndilas believe in both God and supernatural forces and do not fear death – instead, they pray before it occurs to give themselves strength before passing.

Nkwali originates from the Mfengu/Hlubi kingdom and first gained fame under Dlomo Thembu’s reign as Thembu King. Nkwali gave rise to Mlabatheki who then gave rise to Bukula. Mapela also stems from Nkwali; their name means cockroach in Xhosa language as they had such incredible wealth in abundance compared to other tribes.


Patrick Mboma Dem, a retired Cameroonian footballer who was part of the Indomitable Lions squad that won an African title at Sydney 2000. Before retiring in 2005 he played for several clubs such as Chateauroux, Paris Saint-Germain, Metz, Cagliari Parma Sunderland (where he scored against Tottenham Hotspur), Al Ittihad and Japanese club Tokyo Verdy before making a statement against racism against Japanese people residing at Al Ittihad and Japanese club Tokyo Verdy

Bryant’s account of clan evolution among the Zulu is quite distinct from that observed in central Malawi, where clan systems seem to have organically formed into more sturdy and cohesive models of tribal organization.

However, some intriguing and worthwhile relationships do exist between Ngoni clans residing where they first immigrated and those which joined them later; examples being Kambule-Mlangeni brotherhood in Malawi which cannot be explained by clan lists compiled in Zululand or Swaziland but must have arisen due to status.


AmaWushe are a clan in South Africa’s eastern region that have a rich culture with distinct customs that set them apart. Dating back to European colonial wars of the 1800s, their history includes being uprooted from their homes and forced out. Over time they developed many unique traditions and customs as a result. Their dialect is not widely recognized.

The AmaWushe are believed to have originated in the area around Drakensberg mountain range and lived as a group of tribes that would conceal themselves within forests such as Nkandla to avoid being seen by Europeans and were famous for their skill at guerrilla warfare.

The author grew up in this area and was encouraged by elders of his clan to keep records about its culture and dialect of AmaWushe. They asked him to write a book so that future generations would better understand their origin. After consulting several books on the topic and consulting elders he found some information that shed light on its history; also gathering names of chiefs, celebrations held annually, as well as details about any languages spoken among their ranks.


As supernatural occurrences continue to happen today, such as witchcraft is one of the more mysterious spiritual activities still taking place today. An ancient practice, witchcraft is thought to be behind rainmaking and divine healing across Africa; however, its practices should not be confused with true religion; before becoming involved with such activities it’s essential that individuals understand this difference between the two forms of spiritual practice.

The Khalimeshe clan is part of AbaMbo tribe and was previously known as Zelemus/AbakwaZelemu until approximately 1700. Although sharing common ancestors with AmaWushe tribe, this one went its own separate ways until 1730 when both rejoined once more – Prince Sonyangwe was Madzikane ka Khalimeshe’s first son and Ncaphayi his second.

Gcabashe is one of the most frequently found names in South Africa and beyond, being also present elsewhere worldwide. This surname can take on different forms, most frequently appearing as Gcabashu, Gubhasho, Ghcabashu or even GCabbashe.

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