South Africa Postal Services 2006 Issue
Design by Dennis Murphy

Centenary of the Bhambatha Rebellion

South Africa Postal Service has issued a new stamp that has a postage value of standard postage named "Centenary of the Bhambatha Rebellion" on the 9th of June 2006. The stamp is being issued to commemorate the Centenary of the Bhambatha Rebellion. A rebellion that started in Natal over a One Pound Poll Tax that was considered unfair among the blacks because of the higher earning of the whites in the colony. An influential chief named Bhambatha Zondi became deeply involved in the uprising and became the leader of the rebels. After several attacks on British and Natal Police forces, Bhambatha and his rebels became hunted men. A general call up of the Colonial Regiment was implemented and troops were deployed throughout Northern Natal and Zululand to break the rebellion. Colonel Duncan McKenzie had been appointed commander of all colonial forces. On the 9th of June Mckenzie set a trap for Bhambatha and his rebels in the Mome Gorge which was the entrance to the Nkandla forest. The Nkandla forest is where Bhambatha and his rebel forces would hide out until their next strike. When the trap was sprung it ended up being a massacre. About 575 rebels were killed while only three men of Colonial forces were killed. It is said the Bhambatha's body was located on the banks of the Mome Stream. His corpse was decapitated and the head taken to Nkandla for identification. To this day however, it is said that the body was not Bhambatha and that he survived and fled to Mozambique.

"Centenary of the Bhambatha Rebellion" can be purchased as a single, Blocks, sheet of 10, or FDC Envelope. The size of each stamp is 70mm x 30mm with a sheet size of 160mm x 170mm and a perforation size of 14 x 13 1/4 per 2cm reference. The stamps will be printed by Enschede Security Printing, Netherlands using the Offset Lithography Printing process with 102 gsm paper with PVA gum. A quantity of 35,000 stamps will be printed.

Centenary of the Bhambatha Rebellion FDC Stamp
(shown with warrior)

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