The Bulhoek Massacre — May 24 1921
On May 24 1921, police killed at least 183 Israelites — followers of the prophet Enoch Mgijima — in a 20-minute battle at Bulhoek near Queenstown. About 500 white-robed men, armed with sticks and spears, challenged the machine guns of an 800-strong police force brought in to remove the Israelites who had settled at the holy village of Ntabelanga, or Bulhoek, to pray. Mgijima was charged with sedition and imprisoned. On his release in 1924, he and other survivors started building this tabernacle, where the massacre is commemorated annually by the Church of God and Saints of Christ, as the Israelites are now known.
- » ARTISTS: Mgcineni Sobopha and Michael Barry
- » ADDRESS: Israelite Temple, Queenstown