HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT GOD TOOK THE SIDE OF THE BOERS IN THEIR TOTAL ANNIHILATION OF THE ZULU POPULATION? YOUR ARTICLE ON ANCESTOR WORSHIP IS OFFENSIVE AND RACIST!
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your email concerning the article on Animism, Ancestor Worship and the ANC. Many of our good friends are Zulus and agree that the Day of the Covenant and the Battle of Blood River was the beginning of the spiritual liberation of the Zulu people.
Before that battle, there were no known baptized Zulu believers. Despite over 20 years missionary work by both British and American missionaries, the Zulu people were so under the grip of the witchdoctors and the tyranny of King Dingaan that no one dared respond to the Gospel.
Please see the attached article on 'The Day of the Covenant and The Battle of Blood River'.
The intention of the Voortrekkers was never the “total annihilation of the Zulu population”. In fact it could be more accurately said that the intention of Dingaan was the total annihilation of the Voortrekkers, as seen by the way in which he killed a hundred guests who had been persuaded to leave their weapons outside the kraal, and then attacking the women and children camped out on the Blou Krans River.
The Voortrekkers at no time attacked civilians. In fact, after the Covenant and the Battle, the Boers built a Mission station which can still be seen at Umgungundlovu/Dingaanstad, within site of where their leader Piet Retief and his hundred followers had been mercilessly bludgeoned to death on the orders of Dingaan. The Dutch Reformed Church Mission station included a hospital, school for the blind, Evangelists Training school and many other examples of love for people who had one time had been their enemies.
As Zulu friends of mine have pointed out, their battles against the Boers and the English were actually very small scale compared to the civil wars amongst the Zulus. When he asked the Zulus about the Zulu war, they were thinking of the big battles, where vastly more people were killed in, e.g. The wars to establish the secession to the throne of King Cetshwayo. Vastly more Zulus were killed by King Shaka during the enforced mourning for his beloved mother Nandi, than were ever killed in battle by the Boers.
As Prince Cetshwayo said in 1866, at the very site of the battle where he gathered with Boers for the anniversary of the battle: Since this time we are neighbours, as though we live under one roof. The Boers and the Zulus will never fight one another again. Indeed he was true to his word and so were the Boers who did not join the English when they went to war against the Zulus in 1879.
However, my intention was not so much to deal with the facts of history, but the present crises of politicians leading people into Animism and Ancestor worship at national events.
Our message is the same as that which we preach in any nation: If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land.
May God bless South Africa.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond