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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versión On-line ISSN 2412-4265
versión impresa ISSN 1017-0499


MOLOBI, Victor MS. The Scramble for Land between the Barokologadi Community and Hermannsburg Missionaries. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2020, vol.46, n.2, pp.1-17. ISSN 2412-4265.

This article investigates the land claim of the Barokologadi of Melorane, with their long history of disadvantages in the land of their forefathers. The sources of such disadvantages are traceable way back to tribal wars (known as "difaqane") in South Africa. At first, people were forced to retreat temporarily to a safer site when the wars were in progress. On their return, the Hermannsburg missionaries came to serve in Melorane, benefiting from the land provided by the Kgosi. Later the government of the time expropriated that land. What was the significance of this land? The experience of Melorane was not necessarily unique; it was actually a common practice aimed at acquiring land from rural communities. This article is an attempt to present the facts of that event. There were, however, later interruptions, such as when the Hermannsburg Mission Church became part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa (ELCSA).

Palabras clave : land claim; church land; Barokologadi; missionary movement; Hermannsburg; Melorane; Lutheran.

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