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The Natal Battlefields
The Voortrekkers - Sikyonela Duped
The Voortrekkers recover Cattle from Sikyonela
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Sikyonela gets Duped!
After a month, Retief visited Chief Sikyonela to perform his part of the deal with Dingane. The meeting took place in the local missionary's (the Reverend Archbell) garden.
By passing off a pair of handcuffs as amulets, the chief was duped into being secured by Retief and told that he would not be released until he returned Dingane`s cattle.
The Reverend was outraged. Unfortunately, Retief did not stop here and fined the chief not only more cattle than had been stolen from Dingane but also 63 horses and eleven guns - none of which he had any intention of handing over to Dingane.
Further, with Retief were a group of Zulus brought back from Umgungundlovu with him to identify the stolen cattle and who of course would report on the deal to Dingane.
Retief Makes a Mistake
Worse was the fact that Sikyonela had made disparaging remarks about the King's sexual potency that of course carried the death sentence. Dingane thus expected all the cattle, horses, guns and Sikyonela to be presented to him by Retief.
Retief's deception of Dingane here was to have fatal consequences.